Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)
L&C accords to students all the rights under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 as amended. The College will not provide access to nor disclose any information from students’ educational records without the written consent of students except as permitted by FERPA: to L&C officials who have a legitimate educational interest in the record, in connection with a student’s request for or receipt of financial aid, to accrediting organizations to carry out their functions, to comply with a judicial order, to appropriate parties in a health or safety emergency, and to release directory information (see below).
L&C officials with legitimate educational interest in a student’s educational records may access those records without the student’s consent. A school official includes: a person employed by the College in an administrative, supervisory, academic or research, or support staff position, a person elected to the Board of Trustees, a person employed by or under contract to the College to perform a special task, such as the attorney or auditor.
A school official has a legitimate educational interest if the official is performing: a task that is specific to his or her position description or by a contract agreement; a task related to a student’s education; a task related to the discipline of a student.
Unless specifically requested otherwise in writing to the Director of the Enrollment Center/Admissions Services, the College may disclose the following Directory Information: (1) name, (2) whether or not currently enrolled, (3) dates attended, and (4) degrees and honors attained. Additionally, to comply with the Solomon Amendment, the College will release to authorized military personnel the following directory information: student’s name, address, telephone listing, date of birth, academic year, academic major, and degrees received. Students can request non-disclosure of above Directory Information by completing a form available from the Director in the Enrollment Center, Baldwin 1450.
Students have the right to review their educational records. Any information within the record is open for the student’s inspection. If a student wishes to inspect the educational record, the student should begin the process by completing a Request to Inspect and Review Education Record form. If a student wishes to challenge data in the educational record which he or she considers inaccurate, misleading, or otherwise in violation of the student’s privacy rights, the student may request a hearing to be conducted. The request form may be obtained from the Enrollment Center.
Under FERPA a student’s right to review his or her records supersedes the right of the parent when the student becomes 18 or is enrolled in a post-secondary institution.
NOTE: The College uses students’ College ID numbers and social security numbers for limited and specific purposes. The College is required to obtain students’ social security numbers for the purposes of Federal financial aid, College employment (IRS reporting), and Hope/Life Long Learning Scholarship reporting. The Family Educational Rights and Privacy act (FERPA) requires implementation of policies to protect a student’s “educational records” and “personally identifiable information” including College ID numbers and social security numbers. College ID numbers and social security numbers are protected and not released to a third party without each student’s written permission.