The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) of 1974 is a Federal law that protects the privacy of student education and academic records. Among other things, FERPA guarantee’s students access to their educational records and to prohibit disclosure of educational records without the student's prior consent. As the hybrid components are part of a larger academic institution, the hybrid components must adhere to FERPA, as well as, HIPAA standards.


Comparing HIPAA and FERPA

This picture shows the comparison of HIPAA and FERPA, as created by the CDC.


HIPPA rules apply surrounding the provider's handling of the records. Once the college takes possession of the records, FERPA will also apply.

Once the records leave the possession of the college, FERPA no longer applies. Once the provider takes possession, HIPPA will start to apply.