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 an eProxy to have online access to their Student Financial Services (SFS) information.
Once a student turns 18, information from his or her student record cannot be shared with others—including parents—unless he or she gives explicit written permission. There are some exceptions to this law. Babson will notify appropriate family members if there is a significant health or safety emergency or when there is a change in a student’s status. At Babson, a change in status refers to a student who has lost college housing for disciplinary reasons, has been suspended, or has been expelled from the College due to academic or behavioral reasons.