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Department of Education Releases New FERPA Regulations

The regulations, together with the appendix, span more than 250 pages and become effective on January 3, 2012. The appendix, which begins on p. 238 of the regulations, contains answers and forms that provide good information about FERPA and the new regulations. Changes announced in the regulations include, among other things, guidance on sharing student data for research purposes, increased enforcement authority and creation of the Privacy Technical Assistance Center. The Department also drafted a helpful overview, which provides a summary of the changes and links to additional resources. This would be the best starting point for reviewing the impact of the new regulations.