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FERPA and Privacy of Academic Records

Pursuant to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) of 1974 as amended, 20.U.S.C. 1232g (hereinafter the “Act”) and the Rules of the U.S. Department of Education, 34 C.F.R. Part 99 (hereinafter the “Rules”), the University of Virginia has formulated and adopted policy and procedures to protect the privacy rights of past and present students. Copies of this document shall be made available to students and parents of students upon request. The document is posted on the University Registrar website.

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.

The quickest and easiest way to obtain grades at the University of Virginia is for the student to do so 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 her or his parents in compliance with Section 2.2-3705.4 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