FERPA Tutorial

Freedom of Information Act

Some University records are subject to the Illinois Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). This law gives citizens the right to information about the affairs of government.

Do not confuse this with a right to access student educational records. Student records are protected by FERPA, and their privacy is not impacted by FOIA. FOIA does not grant anyone the right to view a student's private educational record.

All judicial orders, subpoenas or other written requests for access to information or data subject to the Freedom on Information Act should be immediately forwarded to the Office of University Legal Services.


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