Policy Number

RI 211

Date Issued


Document Type

Policy (open access)


The purpose of this policy is to identify the appropriate uses of student data for educational purposes and the enhancement of educational resources through research in the science of teaching and learning. FERPA is a privacy statute and not a research statute; it should not be a barrier to conducting useful and valid educational research that uses de-identified student data. Educational agencies and institutions are permitted to release, without consent, education records, or information from education records that have been de-identified through the removal of all personally identifiable information. The University is authorized to release data to Georgia Southern University personnel, where such persons have a legitimate educational interest and demonstrate an appropriate use.

Responsible Party

Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs


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