Student Rights Overview

  • 3 topics | 24m
  • Up to 30 languages
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This course provides post-secondary students with an overview of their rights under two key federal laws. It explores the educational record privacy and access rights afforded by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and the prohibitions against sexual violence and harassment under the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). The course is designed to be used in conjunction with an institution's ongoing prevention and awareness campaigns. The course was developed with subject matter support provided by the Labor, Employment, and Employee Benefits Law Group of the law firm of Sheehan Phinney Bass & Green PA. Please note, however, that the course materials and content are for informational purposes only and do not constitute legal advice. Nothing herein, or in the course materials, shall be construed as professional advice as to any particular situation or constitute a legal opinion with respect to compliance with any federal, state, or local laws. Transmission of the information is not intended to create, and receipt does not constitute, an attorney-client relationship. Readers should not act upon this information without seeking professional counsel. The information contained herein is provided only as general information that may or may not reflect the most current legal developments. This information is not provided in the course of an attorney-client relationship and is not intended to constitute legal advice or to substitute for obtaining legal advice from an attorney licensed in your state.


  • recognize your rights under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act
  • identify student rights related to sexual abuse, sexual harassment, and sexual violence on campus
  • respond appropriately to situations that may escalate into sexual misconduct


  • Privacy of Your Educational Records
  • Protection against Sexual Misconduct
  • Preventing Sexual Violence