Privacy and FERPA
The university adheres to a federal law called the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (also called FERPA or the Buckley Amendment) that sets privacy standards for student educational records and requires institutions to publish a compliance statement, including a statement of related institutional policies. Carnegie Mellon has created a brochure for parents [.pdf] which provides detailed information about FERPA.
The University's compliance statement, the Policy on Student Privacy Rights, is also available for review.
Student records, many of which are maintained in the Academic Advisory Center, may only be reviewed if students have given permission by completing a Consent to Release Information Form [.pdf], or in exceptional situations consistent with those listed in the CMU Policy on Student Privacy Rights.