FERPA and Privacy

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) is a federal law designed to protect the privacy of students’ education records.

It applies to schools receiving funds through a U.S. Department of Education program. It applies to Babson College and applies to all enrolled students regardless of whether they reside outside of the United States or if they receive federal financial aid. A student can designate a parent, guardian, or anyone else as a Third Party Proxy in Workday to have online access to their Student Financial Services (SFS) information.

Student record information generally cannot be shared with others—including parents—without the prior, written consent of the student. There are a number of exceptions to this legal requirement. For example, Babson may notify appropriate family members if there is a significant health or safety emergency involving the student or when there is a change in the status of a student. At Babson, a change in status refers to a student who has lost housing at the College for disciplinary reasons, has been suspended, or has been expelled from the College due to academic or behavioral reasons.