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HEALTH OR SAFETY EMERGENCY
In an emergency, FERPA permits school officials to disclose
education records (including personally identifiable
information from those records) without student
consent and in order to protect the health or safety of
students or other individuals. At such times, records and
information may be released to appropriate parties such as
law enforcement officials, public health officials, and trained
medical personnel. This exception to FERPA’s general
consent rule is limited to the period of the emergency and
generally does not allow for a blanket release of personally
identifiable information
from a student’s education records.
In addition, the Department of Education interprets
FERPA
to
permit institutions
to disclose information from education
records to parents if a health or safety emergency involves
their
son or daughter.
MAY I DISCLOSE PERSONAL KNOWLEDGE AND
IMPRESSIONS ABOUT A STUDENT, BASED ON MY
PERSONAL INTERACTIONS WITH THE STUDENT?
Yes. Nothing in FERPA prohibits a school official from sharing
information that is based on that official’s personal
knowledge or observation and that is not based on
information obtained from an education record. Therefore,
FERPA would not prohibit a professor, administrator, or
other school official from letting a parent, police officer, or
other school official know of his concern about a student that
is based on his personal knowledge or observation.