The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (also known as FERPA) affords students certain rights concerning their student educational records. When a student reaches the age of 18 or begins attending a post-secondary institution, regardless of age, FERPA transfers the rights to the student. This limits the student's educational record information that may be released to third parties (including parents and guardians) without the student's permission unless it is considered "directory information." Wayne State University fully complies with FERPA.

At New Student Orientation and Parent Orientation, FERPA is discussed in detail and students are given the opportunity to fill out a FERPA waiver allowing a designated person to have access to their educational record.