The Federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974—FERPA (also known as the Buckley Amendment)—is the federal law that protects the privacy of student education records and identifies the rights of students and their families with respect to student education records kept by institutions. University offices use education records to facilitate the development of students. Faculty and staff members may also keep informal records relating to their functional responsibilities connected with individual students. As part of the requirements of FERPA, the University has a Policy on Confidentiality of Student Records, policy AD-11.
In addition, Penn State is committed to maintaining the privacy and 15 confidentiality of your Social Security number. The Social Security number is requested at the time of application to the University, but is used in a very limited and controlled manner. The primary student identification number used to conduct University business is the Penn
State ID number (known as PSU ID), which is assigned at the time of first affiliation with Penn State. Penn State’s policy governing the use of Social Security number and PSU ID is outlined in policy AD-19.
Formal student disciplinary records are centrally maintained in the Office of Student Conduct at the University Park campus. A student disciplinary record may be shared with faculty and administrative staff of your college, and other authorized employees of the University who have a legitimate educational interest as defined by the University. Accessibility to student disciplinary records follows the University Policy on Confidentiality of Student Records.
The University may also exercise its right to share your disciplinary record with others outside the University in special circumstances or as it deems advisable or appropriate, such as in accordance with the University Parental Notification Policy.