Ensuring Student Privacy

Federal law provides for the confidentiality of student records. Take care that you do not reveal student records to anyone other than the student.

The University of Nebraska, in accordance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) of 1974, permits students to inspect their records whenever appropriate and to challenge specific parts of them.

UNL's Social Security Number policy now prohibits the use of SSNs — or any portions of SSNs — to identify students. Instructors who wish to post student grades in a public area (outside the office or in an advising area) should:

  1. Inform students in advance that the grades will be posted.
  2. Provide students the opportunity not to have their grade posted or to have their grade posted by an anonymous code.

Don't return graded exams and assignments by passing the stack around the room and allowing students to rifle through to find their paper unless grades are not written on the front page.

Never leave graded exams or assignments in a hallway or other public place for students to pick up.

Privacy placard. Image by Tristan Nitot.