Student Center - Editing Your Privacy (FERPA) Settings


An overview and step-by-step guide to setting FERPA restrictions, which indicate what public information should be withheld from public release.


FERPA — the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, as amended — is a federal law that governs the privacy of student education records, access to those records, and disclosure of information from them.
Under FERPA, you have the right to restrict the release of certain categories of information.

Be sure to understand what you are restricting and review some examples of ways FERPA holds can affect you: Follow the steps below to edit your FERPA restrictions.


  1. Login to MyUW.
  2. Click on the Student Center tile, then the Profile tile.

    Student Center tile Profile tile

  3. From the menu on the left, select Privacy Restrictions.

    Privacy restrictions page

  4. Select your preferred restriction(s) and click > for a more detailed view.
    Note: You also have the option to "restrict all" or "clear all". Before you select the "restrict all" option, be sure you:
    • Understand what you are restricting and how it will affect your personal information.
    • Review whether you would like to enter any exceptions. See below for more information on the available exceptions.

    Open for more details

  5. Add or clear restrictions by selecting the relevant check boxes and clicking Save.

    Edit restrictions

  6. Click Save on the main page to submit your changes.

Exception Overview

When selecting an exception, you may be allowing information to be released in certain scenarios: