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Policies and Procedures

Protection of Human Subjects

This is a brief overview of principles, regulations, and policies which affect research involving human subjects in research activities supported by the Department of Education

Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act and General Guidance are federal laws that protects the privacy of student education records. The law applies to all schools that receive funds under an applicable program of the U.S. Department of Education.

  • FERPA: More detailed information can be found by reading the final regulation here.
  • FERPA Educational Rights and Privacy Act
  • FERPA General Guidance – For Parents
  • FERPA General Guidance – For Students
  • Protection of Pupil Rights Amendment (PPRA): This web page offers a succinct summary of the types of survey questions requiring written parental consent.


Valid clearances are required to be on file with the Office of Research and Evaluation (ORE) for all those persons conducting work within the District. This rule applies to all who apply through the Research Review Committee (RRC) whose work requires their presence within a school or schools.

For those submitting new proposals, clearances must be valid within one year of the approval date. For those working on approved and active research projects, updated clearances are due to ORE every three years. Valid, updated clearances are required for each submission, even if a researcher is working on other projects.

Please follow the links below to access the required clearance applications. Once clearances are received, please scan and email them to

  • PA Child Abuse Clearance
  • FBI Fingerprint Clearance
  • PA Criminal History Clearance


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Last modified: July 28, 2017