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FERPA and Privacy of Academic Records

Pursuant to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and other federal and state laws, the University has established a policy to protect the privacy rights of past and current students. This policy (STU-002) is available through the University’s policy directory website at Copies also can be requested from the Office of the University Registrar's website at

Academic Record Access

The University of Virginia only releases educational records in compliance with the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA). The intent of this Act is to protect the rights of students and to ensure the privacy and accuracy of the educational records.

Students may obtain their grades by accessing SIS, the Student Information System. Students have 24-hour access to their academic information through SIS. The student also may order an official transcript at The University urges parents and students to communicate about academic record matters.

In the Commonwealth of Virginia, the educational records of a tax-dependent student are available to their parents in compliance with Section 23.1-1303.B.5 of the Virginia Code, as allowed within the guidelines of FERPA. Dependency information is collected at the beginning of each academic year.

The University has created a process for parents of tax-dependent students to obtain the most recent semester grades for their student, if necessary. For more information, please see or contact UREG (Office of the University Registrar) at