The FERPA Bomb

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This was a essentially a conversation I had with an Orientation Leader (OL) regarding a parent that simply wouldn’t let his child go through the enrollment process without him.  Fortunately I didn’t have to use the FERPA bomb, but I’m pretty sure someone else did.  For those unfamiliar with FERPA (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act), it essentially provides students with privacy rights of their educational records.  FERPA allows us to protect the students’ rights to privacy while also keeping pesky but often well-meaning parents away during the enrollment process.