The Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (Section - 438, Public Law 93-380), also known as FERPA, gives students three important rights:
The law authorizes the release of directory information in the absence of student objection including name, address, date and place of birth, major field of study, current class schedule, participation in activities, dates of attendance, degrees and awards, and last institution attended.
Contact the Admissions & Records Office for further information and/or visit US Dept of Education website.
Student record means any item of information directly related to an identifiable student, other than directory information, which is maintained by a community college whether recorded by handwriting, print, tapes, film, microfilm, or any other means.
Student record does not include:
Directory information may include one or more of the following items: student’s name, address, telephone number, date and place of birth, major field of study, e-mail address, photograph, participation in officially recognized activities and sports, weight and height of members of athletic teams, dates of attendance, degrees and awards received, the most recent previous public or private school attended by the student, and any other information authorized in writing by the student.
The Office of Admissions and Records of the colleges are the designated keepers of student records. Those offices shall not release any information from the official student records (other than directory information) to any outside person or group unless the student provides a signed and dated release or a legally valid subpoena is received except that access may be permitted to:
The Directors of Admissions and Records of the colleges may authorize the release of directory information about students who have authorized the release of that information to legitimate educational institutions, governmental agencies, firms that perform contracted work on behalf of the college or district, and other agencies that have legitimate need for this information upon receipt of a formal request on official letterhead from the organization making the request.
If a student does not want this information released, the student must check the privacy requested boxes on the online admissions form or the update form.