What do I need to know with regard to the distribution of grades and graded materials?
The public posting of grades by the student's name, social security number, or any other identifier that allows a student to be known is a violation of FERPA. This includes the posting of grades to a class website. As access to electronic communications increases, it may be tempting to send grades by e-mail. However, there is no guarantee of confidentiality when using e-mail.
Leaving personally identifiable graded papers, exams, or lab books open and unattended for students to pick up is also a violation of FERPA.