Schools aren’t allowed to share a student’s personal information to someone other than the student or parent unless the school gets permission from the parent or eligible student. People who can get a student’s record without permission include:
- Other schools where you are trying to enroll
- Some federal or state agencies (not immigration)
- Emergency officials
- The public as part of a directory
- The court as part of an order or subpoena
When someone asks the school for your information, the school must keep a record of that request. Also, when a school shares your personal information, the school must add this to your permanent record. These records have to include the names of the parties who requested or received information. They also have to say the reasons the parties needed the information. You can ask the school to give you a copy of the records that they shared with another party.
Medical records privacy of adult students
The school isn’t required to give access to medical or psychological treatment records of students age 18 or over or who attend college if the records are made, maintained, and used only for treatment. The student may have those records reviewed by a doctor, psychologist, or other appropriate professional.
Undocumented students right to privacy
A school can’t turn over a student’s file to federal immigration agents. The school can turn over the file if a parent consents or if the information doesn’t contain the student’s immigration status. School officials are non-reporters. They are not required to report undocumented immigrants to federal agents.