Frequently Asked Question

Grant/Define FERPA Permissions
Last Updated 2 months ago

Outcome/Intro

Some students want to give access to their personal data – grades, billing, etc – to selected family members. This is now a possibility all through our new My.Bushnell site! In this video we’ll tell you a little bit more about what that process is for and how you can set it up.

FERPA Defined/Explained

Let’s start with a quick intro on what FERPA is. The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 is commonly referred to as FERPA. This kicks in on the first day of courses, regardless of your age as a student. This is intended to afford students the right to inspect and review their educational records, seek to have their records amended, and have some control over the disclosure of information from their records maintained by an educational institution.

Because FERPA restricts Bushnell from releasing your information, if you want your parents, grandparents, step parents, aunts or uncles, etc to have access to your grades, financial account information, schedule, etc, than you have to explicitly grant them that access. The cool thing is this summer we got a new website and tool that allows us to do just that!

My.Bushnell FERPA Permissions Defined

Let’s go over how to grant access to someone you trust.

  1. Login to My.Bushnell (my.bushnell.edu) with your Bushnell credentials (no @bushell.edu necessary)
  2. Click on the Student tab (top menu)
  3. Click the FERPA page on the left (left menu)
  4. Click “Define New Permissions” and do the following for EACH person you want to have access
    1. Add personal information
    2. Add contact information
    3. Click next page
    4. Select your various permissions – we’ll briefly go over what each of these categories refers to:
      1. Financial – Student billing account info, Financial Aid awards, financial aid documents, 1098-T tax documents
      2. Grade – Academic details,
      3. Holds - Holds data,
      4. Residence – Student residence data
      5. Schedule – Student schedule
      6. Transcript – Unofficial transcript, course history
      7. Student - Contact info,
    5. Click next
  5. Remember: Do one of these for EACH person you’d like to grant access to. This is a one-time process, but you can manage the access whenever you want to from this page.
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