Under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, enrolled students have access to educational records concerning them. Students are also permitted to waive (refrain from using) the rights of access to their letters of reference. If you waive this right, that means you agree that you will not be allowed access to this particular item (the letter of reference) in your record. Most people who write letters of recommendation feel more comfortable knowing they can write an honest assessment that is not designed to be read by the subject of the letter.