Responsibilities of NIU Staff Handling Student Records
FERPA pertains to everyone who works at Northern Illinois University , regardless of his or her position. What FERPA says, in effect, is that we may all have access to as much information about students as we need to do our jobs. Clearly, many people who work at the University have no access to student records and have no need for individual student information. However, these staff members may encounter confidential information in the course of doing their job and are therefore required to respect the confidentiality of this data.
Beyond any legal requirements, the university is bound by professional ethics to safeguard the integrity and confidentiality of student information. This includes all university officials, regardless of role or classification. All staff must be in compliance with the FERPA regulations and University policy in order to maintain, report and make available information included in student educational records. Here are some examples: