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Otterbein Academic Continuity

This guide is designed to give suggestions and support for when there are obstacles for face-to-face instruction. For instance, a snow day, power outage, and other unplanned closures.

Family Educational Rights & Privacy Act (FERPA): Compliance at Otterbein

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) is a US federal law that protects the privacy of students’ education records, including personally identifiable and directory information. FERPA was enacted to ensure that parents and students age 18 and older can access those records, request changes to them, and control the disclosure of information, except in specific and limited cases where FERPA allows for disclosure without consent. FERPA affords eligible students certain rights in connection with educational records maintained at Otterbein University.

To explore the full list of rights and their explanations, go to

The following FERPA-compliant Online Learning tools are officially supported by Otterbein: 

  • Blackboard Learn
  • Blackboard Collaborate Ultra
  • Digication ePortfolio



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