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In 1974, Congress enacted the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act known as "FERPA". FERPA prohibits any person connected with the institution—including administrators and faculty—from improperly disclosing student information.

At institutions of higher education, students may authorize the release of their educational records; but only the student has the exclusive right to decide whether or not to authorize the release.

This means, that in most cases, even a student's parent may not demand the release of the student's educational record. Students can allow their parents access to their dual enrollment college records by listing them in the student signature section on the back of the Student Admission Application.

More information on the Maricopa Community College's policies on FERPA