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Impact on the University's FERPA Procedure

The Parent/Guest Portal is the exclusive method by which a University student may grant a third-party access to his or her records. Information that is protected from disclosure pursuant to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), such as grades, financial aid details, and student account/billing information is maintained in a secure online environment. A student may grant permission to a parent or guest to access this information and make payments through this portal. Due to the protection of students’ rights under FERPA, a student may restrict the information that a parent or guest is able to access and revoke access at any time.

The following video discusses changes in the University’s FERPA procedure resulting from the implementation of the Parent/Guest Portal. Instead of completing a FERPA form, students can grant access to a parent or guest using the Parent/Guest Portal. University staff can access this information to verify the identity of a parent or guest before discussing a student’s authorized records with the individual.

For FERPA updates and more information on West Virginia University’s FERPA policy, please visit or contact Legal Affairs at 304.293.5841.

For more information on the Parent/Guest Portal, please visit: