Title Overview of FERPA FERPA is the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act and is a federal law that was enacted in 1974. FERPA protects the privacy of student education records. All educational institutions that receive federal funding must comply with FERPA. Specific questions regarding FERPA should be answered by the Student Navigation Center. You can view Salem State's FERPA policy online. FERPA Waiver: Students may elect to waive their rights to FERPA by submitting a waiver in Navigator. Download additional instructions for waiving your FERPA rights. For faculty and staff, you can find the FERPA Online Tutorial in Polaris.