The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), 20 U.S.C. §1232g, and the Minnesota Government Data Practices Act, (MGDPA) Minn. Stat. Ch 13, are federal and state laws that provide for the review and disclosure of student educational records.
Definitions: For the purposes of this policy, Southwest Minnesota State University has used the following definitions and terms:
Student: An individual currently or formerly enrolled or registered and/or applicants for enrollment or registration, or individuals who received shared time educational services from SMSU.
Educational Data or Educational Records: Data in any form (print, handwritten, film, electronic, etc) directly relating to an individual student maintained by the University or by a person acting for the University.