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The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA), as amended (also referred to as the Buckley Amendment), is a federal law regarding the privacy of student records and the obligations of the institution, primarily in the areas of release of records and the access provided to these records. The University of Arkansas - Fort Smith Registrar's Office has compiled a list of commonly asked questions and our institution's policy for you to review. Should you have any questions please feel free to contact our office by phone at 479-788-7230 or by email at