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Open Records Act and FERPA Aug. 6

August 1, 2009

The second of three informational meetings hosted by CSU's Office of General Counsel familiarizes managers, supervisors, and other leaders with the Open Records Act and FERPA, the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act.

Training for campus managers and supervisors

Open Records Act and FERPA
Thursday, Aug. 6, 2-3 p.m.
Lory Student Center, Room 214-216

The Office of the General Counsel is hosting three informational meetings for CSU managers, supervisors, and other leaders.

Practical, relevant information will be shared and you’ll have the chance to become acquainted with the staff from the Office of The General Counsel and their specific areas of expertise. 

Second Session: Aug. 6

In the Thursday, Aug. 6 session, “Open Records Act and FERPA,” General Counsel’s attorneys will familiarize you with the scope and reach of the Colorado Open Records Act. 

They’ll also discuss FERPA, the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, a federal law that protects the privacy of student education records.  

What is open for inspection under the Open Records Act?

At this training, you’ll learn what types of university records are subject to public inspection and must be made available upon request by a member of the public or press. Examples of open records are: 

  • e-mails between colleagues
  • financial records
  • memos
  • documents 
  • photographs
  • tape recordings

Requests for inspection: Complying with the Open Records Act 

The attorneys will discuss how the university responds to requests for inspection and the timeframe in which we must make records (that are not readily available) open for inspection. 


FERPA is a large exception to Colorado’s open records laws. This training will detail the rights students have to view their educational records, as well as the rights that third parties, including parents, have to view them.

The attorneys hope to clear up possible misconceptions about FERPA, including how student records and information can and should be shared among different units within the University. 

RSVPs appreciated

RSVPs are appreciated; please contact Erika Borges at or at (970) 491-6270.

Aug. 13:  "Employment Law from Hiring to Firing"

Contact: Erika Borges
Phone: (970) 491-6270