FERPA at Kirkwood

Start: July 1st, 2018
End: June 30th, 2019

Welcome to our College-wide training regarding the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).  

“The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) (20 U.S.C. § 1232g; 34 CFR Part 99) is a Federal law that protects the privacy of student education records. The law applies to all schools that receive funds under an applicable program of the U.S. Department of Education”. - Family Policy Compliance Office (FPCO)

This Kirkwood specific training was developed to empower and equip college employees with the skills, knowledge, tools, and resources to do their jobs effectively. It is college priority that all employees feel adequately prepared to deal with any situation revolving around sensitive records. 

The course should be completed as soon as possible. It stays open to you and available for reference even after you finish. 

Is this required?

ALL employees are expected to have a strong working knowledge of FERPA and how it applies to their job role. Please check with your supervisor to learn more about your specific requirements.

Why am I supposed to take this training?

This training was designed and developed to help you as an employee to deal with handling sensitive records safely and reliably. In the event a FERPA violation occurs, we will use our training completion records to support any investigation that ensues.

Do part-time and work-study employees have to take this training?

Please check with your supervisor to learn more about your specific requirements.

As a faculty member, will I receive a stipend for completing the training?

No. This is a college-wide compliance training course and does not qualify for professional renewal credit.

I took a FERPA training at another college, can it substitute?

No. We are not able to substitute for another college's FERPA training. This training is particular to Kirkwood Community College.

Am I getting credit for this training?

Yes. You will get transcriptable HR credit on your employee record. 

Will my supervisor know whether I took the training, or not?

Yes. All managers and supervisors will have access to their employee's completion records via the performance review process.

Additional information on FERPA can be found here: http://www2.ed.gov/policy/gen/guid/fpco/ferpa/index.html 

If you have any additional questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Learning and Development team, learning@kirkwood.edu.