As discussed in the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) training here, under federal and state law, student academic records are confidential. They are not available to anyone other than the student’s academic advisers. Records may be released to parents only if they can provide evidence (usually a redacted IRS 1040 tax return) that their son or daughter is a dependent for income tax purposes. Academic records may be discussed with potential employers only with the permission of the student. Direct questions to Eliza Erxleben, director of student services, (email@example.com), 812-856-2783.
It is unlawful and unethical to discuss a student’s performance with people who have no need to know. However, keep in mind that student records, as well as any personal information a student shares with you, can be subject to subpoena. You should never mislead students into thinking you can guarantee the confidentiality of information they share with you. You do not have a confidential source privilege when working with students.