Loyola University Chicago

Behavioral Concerns Team

Student Life & Engagement

Understanding FERPA

FERPA protects the privacy of students' education records. FERPA does not prohibit or in any way restrict a University employee from sharing what they personally observe. In other words, a University employee would not violate FERPA by advising BCT of what he or she saw or heard when directly interacting with a student, when observing a student interact with others, or when otherwise observing a student's behavior or demeanor.

In addition, if a Loyola faculty member notices disturbing content in a student's writing or artwork, the faculty member should refer this to the BCT. Although the student's writing or artwork would likely be an education record protected by FERPA, FERPA authorizes school officials such as faculty to disclose education records to other school officials who have a legitimate educational interest in those records, without the student's consent. Since the BCT is responsible for identifying, responding to, and supporting at risk Loyola students while simultaneously attending to the needs of the Loyola community, in these circumstances, the members of the BCT would have a legitimate educational interest in examining the student's writing or artwork.

Protecting student privacy is a high priority of the BCT.  Records and proceedings of the BCT are kept confidential and shared only on a "need to know" basis in a manner that is consistent with University policy and the University's obligations under applicable law, including FERPA.

For further information regarding FERPA, please visit www.luc.edu/ferpa