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In specific situations, federal law may authorize the release of FERPA-protected information without the student's authorization.
Federal law allows university faculty or staff to assist when students are perceived to be behaving oddly; generate concerns about the safety of the student or others; or are in a health or safety emergency.
Federal law allows certain individuals to be notified of a disciplinary case and/or given access to the student's disciplinary information under specific circumstances.
Federal law limits the type of information you're allowed to disclose in a student recommendation based on the nature of the recipient and whether the student has provided written consent.