FERPA Guidelines Regarding Letters of Recommendation

Statements made by a person making a recommendation that are made from that person’s personal observation or knowledge do not require a written release from the student who is the subject of the recommendation. However, if personally identifiable information obtained from a student’s education record is included in a letter of recommendation (grades, GPA, etc.), the writer is required to obtain a signed release from the student which:

  1. specifies the records that may be disclosed,
  2. states the purpose of the disclosure, and
  3. identifies the party or class of parties to whom the disclosure can be made.

As letters of recommendation are part of the student’s education record, the student has the right to read it – unless he/she has waived that right of access. Please visit https://www.purdue.edu/registrar/FERPA/certification.html for more FERPA information. 

Please download this form and return to the Graduate Office.