The University of Massachusetts Amherst complies with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), the federal law that governs release of and access to student education records. The University also complies with Massachusetts Public Records laws.
The University has classified the...
Am I a SPIRE for Staff user?
You are a ‘SPIRE for Staff’ user if you attended SPIRE training for and your current ‘for staff’ profile includes access to at least one of the following:
SPIRE Lite or Super Lite (Limited Academic Records)
SPIRE A (Academic Records)
SPIRE B (Enrollment...
Advisors, find out if your advisee has requested extra privacy protection.
In SPIRE, navigate to your advisee's Student Center..
On the Student Center tab:
Look at the upper right corner of the page, after the ID and above the academics tab. If your advisee has requested...
What is FERPA
FERPA (Family Educational Rights & Privacy Act) does two things: 1) allows current and former students access to their own educational records and 2) ensures the privacy of their records. All University employees are legally and ethically obligated to protect the...
The FERPA Privacy Waiver is limited to two categories of information: financial and housing. The Waiver does not cover your academic record (e.g., grades, credits, etc.). When you activate your Waiver in SPIRE, you select the type of information (financial and/or housing) your designees can request...
FERPA (the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act) is a federal law protecting the confidentiality of student records. In compliance with FERPA, the University of Massachusetts Amherst must have students’ written permission in order to release information from their records to any third party,...
Use The Instructor's Guide to Information Security to learn more about FERPA (the Family Educational Rights & Privacy Act) and related security issues that arise in instructional contexts. FERPA is the federal law that protects the confidentiality of student records. Our materials provide a...
Students and Most Instructors:
You will receive the appropriate SPIRE access automatically.
Staff, some Instructors and Advisors:
If your job requires you to work with student records in SPIRE, including advising, follow these steps for additional SPIRE access:
1. Complete FERPA Certification...