FERPA – The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act
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Whether your educational information is stored on paper or electronically, you have the right to privacy. Your rights are protected under a law known as FERPA, the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act. FERPA is in place to give you rights and protection.
1. You have the right to see and access your educational information -- your transcripts, grades, and academic progress.
2. You have the right to keep all this information private. Private data, such as your grades, GPA, and address are protected; and cannot be shared with anyone unless you fill out an Authorization to Release Student Information Form granting your consent to your parent, guardian, spouse, employer, or another educational entity.
- The Authorization to Release Student Information Form is located on the Student Forms page in the website.
3. You have the right to know how your educational information is being shared. There is some information that is considered public record and is accessible to the public. This includes your name, major, the city you are from, the clubs or organizations you participate in, dates of attendance, your graduation date, the awards you have earned, and the degree awarded.
4. You have the right to protect even public information. This classification is called a "confidential student." If you wish to be classified as a confidential student, fill out the Authorization to Withhold Directory Information Form and submit to Student Affairs. As a confidential student, we are not able to acknowledge you are a student of record at the college. Therefore,
- You will not be included in President's Lists, graduation programing or other announcements;
- You will not be identified in any media regarding press releases, pictures, and video;
- If anyone calls and requests information about you as a student at the college, we cannot acknowledge you are here.
- The Authorization to Withhold Directory Information Form is located on the Student Forms page in the website.
For more detailed information, see the "Know Your Rights" page in our website.
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