FERPA at Mason

Announcement:  Student email addresses will be removed from PeopleFinder and MasonLive on November 15, 2018.

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The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA) is a federal law that governs the educational records of eligible students. It grants students continuous access to their educational records upon request, allows students to amend their records if they feel they’re inaccurate, and restricts how and when their educational records can be disclosed.

When a student turns 18, or attends a postsecondary institution, FERPA rights belong to the student, not the parent. This means all students at Mason control access to all of their educational records and must give consent before that information is disclosed to any third party, including parents. The best way for families to stay involved and informed about their student’s progress is to communicate directly with the student.

FERPA authorizes the release of Directory Information in accordance with what is allowable under law. At Mason, Directory Information includes:

Directory Information includes:

  • Student Name
  • Major Field of Study
  • Dates of Attendance
  • Enrollment status
  • Previous institutions
  • Class level
  • Degrees and Awards Received
  • Photographs
  • Participation in Officially Recognized Sports and Activities

Limited Directory Information:

This information should only be used for verification purposes (i.e. confirming identity over the phone)

  • Student ID (G Number)
  • Date of Birth

Note: Mason does not disclose non-directory information unless the student has signed a consent form or the disclosure meets a qualified exception under FERPA.

Use the navigation menu on the left to find out more information about FERPA, including the Annual Notification of Rights.



All parties performing institutional services for Mason must attend FERPA Training. This includes all: faculty, staff, student workers, contractors, consultants, and volunteers. Every individual doing any work on behalf of Mason must understand all policies and guidelines set forth by FERPA, Mason, Virginia and the Federal Government. You must complete FERPA Training for access to Banner.

Below are the final FERPA Training’s for 2018. To register for a FERPA Training, email ferpa@gmu.edu.

14 November 2018 (Wednesday) 1:00 pm Student Union Building 1, Room 3A
19 November 2018 (Monday) 1:00 pm and 2:00 pm Student Union Building 1, Room 3B
6 December 2018 (Thursday) 10:00 am and 11:00 am Student Union Building 1, Room 3A
17 December 2018 (Monday) 10:00 am and 11:00 am Student Union Building 1, Room 3A


Online training is available through Blackboard. Check under organizations to find the FERPA Training module.