Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts
Wheaton College
Office of the Registrar

Academics

Question 9

You are facing an emergency situation where you fear the health and safety of people is in jeopardy if you do not release certain protected information to a third party. Can you exercise judgment and release the information?

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    yes

    The health and safety of members of the Wheaton Community is paramount, and FERPA is not intended to increase the risk of individuals' safety in an emergency situation.

    There is a provision in FERPA which states that you may release information from an educational record to an appropriate person "in connection with an emergency if knowledge of the information is necessary to protect the health or safety of the student or other individuals."

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