North Dakota Privacy of School Records Laws

The privacy of a student's school records is a matter of some debate among teachers, parents, and school administrators. For example, many educators believe that certain critical evaluations meant to be shared internally between colleagues (such as "warnings" to other teachers about behavior problems) may cause issues if accessed by parents.

In the Flickertail state, school records are not open to public inspection and any record of a student's medical treatment or visit to a a chemical abuse assistance program is confidential. Below is a summary of North Dakota privacy of school records laws.

Schools Records Laws Generally

State privacy of school records laws may function a little differently depending on where you live, but most restrict access to school records to parents and school personnel only. In addition to North Dakota's state laws, the federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) also ensures that school records are confidential and lays out the requirements for anyone requesting student records.

Privacy of School Records Laws in North Dakota

North Dakota's privacy of school records statutes are listed in the table below.

More Information on Privacy of School Records

Code Section 15.1-24-04
Who Has Access to School Records? Any record of a student's medical treatment, use of a chemical abuse assistance program,
or other individual record generated under this chapter, is confidential. It is not part of the
student's educational record and may not be released without the written consent of the student,
or if the student is less than age 14, without the written consent of the student's parent
Penalty for Violation of School Record Privacy Laws -
Federal Agency to Contact with Complaints

To file a complaint about school record privacy violations, contact the U.S. Department of Education Family Policy Compliance Office (FPCO) at 1-8000-872-5327 or:

FPCO
Department of Education
400 Maryland Ave SW
Washington, DC 20202-5920

Note: State laws may change at any time through the enactment of new legislation, decisions made at higher courts, and other means. We strive to ensure the accuracy of the information on these pages, but you also may want to contact a North Dakota education law attorney or conduct your own legal research to verify the state law(s) you are researching.

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