Question: When do students' rights begin under FERPA?
Answer: Student rights, as they relate to his or her University record, begin as soon as a record is created. This means that all students attending orientation are protected under FERPA, even though they have not yet officially registered.
During orientation, some colleges may use peer advisers or other student staff to assist students with questions or registration. Student employees have responsibilities related to FERPA just as any full-time employee at the University does. Staff with access to student record information should only access what they need to fulfill their job duties. Student staff have the same duty to keep record information about other students private.