The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) of 1974, as amended, is a federal law that protects the privacy and confidentiality of personally identifiable information contained within student education records. Emory University complies with FERPA's confidentiality protections. The Office of the Registrar provides information on FERPA compliance. In addition to FERPA, International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) follows guidelines of the Department of Homeland Security [8 CFR § 214.3(g)(1)], the Department of State[22 CFR § 62.10(h)] pursuant to the privacy and confidentiality of international student and scholar records.
The Department of Homeland Security and Department of State require offices to maintain files for three years after international students have completed their program of study and international scholars have completed their research or other activities for which they were issued a visa. While federal immigration regulations permit government agencies access to international student and scholar files, other federal regulations, such as FERPA, may apply. Because of the complexity involved, ISSS consults with the Office of the General Counsel before providing access to personal information in the office’s files to government agencies or officials.