Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act

I am interested in using GIThub education tools, but I am wondering how to deal with it in light of the U.S.A’s Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) laws. The law says student records are private, but when you set up a classroom the students’ repositories appear to be public.

Also, how to prevent students copying each others’ code if the repositories are public?
Thanks for any information!

Dear Aneeman

There are a few exceptions regarding who may receive records without written permission. Exceptions include:

  • Legitimate requests from school officials.
  • Requests from schools to which a student is transferring.
  • Cases of ‘directory information,’ defined as “information contained in an education record of a student that would not generally be considered harmful or an invasion of privacy if disclosed,” such as name, address, telephone number and date of birth.


Making Code Open Source Are not Even Linked With USA Law So Feel Free to Share Your Creative Ideas on Github


Have a Nice Day :slight_smile:

To answer my own question, once you have received permissions to create classrooms, you have the opportunity to “upgrade your organization”, and request unlimited private repositories and create private classrooms. (There’s a button to click).

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