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What is FERPA?

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) (20 U.S.C. § 1232g; 34 CFR Part 99) is a Federal law that protects the privacy of student education records.

What Rights Do Current & Former Students Have Under FERPA?
Students have four basic rights under FERPA:
  • The right to inspect and review the student’s education records within 30 days of the day the College receives a request for access.
  • The right to  request the amendment of the student’s education records that the student believes are inaccurate or misleading.
  • The right to overturn disclosure of personally identifiable information contained in the student’s education records, except to the extent that FERPA or any superseding law authorizes disclosure without the student’s consent.
  • The right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures of the College to comply with the requirements of FERPA.
FERPA  Privacy Rights for Students:
  • A student has the right to request their directory information not be released
  • Students must submit a request in writing to withhold disclosure of their directory information
  • Non disclosure  of directory information will remain effective until the student submits a written request specifying otherwise


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