Release of Student Information
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) is a federal law that protects the privacy of education records for all students at the university. The general principle is that education records are considered confidential and may not be released to third parties (including parents) without the written consent of the student. Protected elements of the student's education record include, but are not limited to, financial data, progress in courses, class scheduling, grade information, and academic disciplinary information.
Enrolled students have the ability to authorize another person, such as a parent or guardian, to view and/or pay their bursar account by creating 3rd Party User access in OneStart. Such authorization also serves as a privacy release to allow the bursar staff to discuss details of the statements with the 3rd Party User by telephone, email, or in person. See Setting up a 3rd Party User in the IU Bursar Pay Guide.