Federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act
Withholding Information From the Public
The college abides by the provisions of the Federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of
1974. This act ensures a wide range of rights, including, but not limited to: information about students'
records that the College maintains, who maintains them, who has access to them, and for
what purposes access is granted. The act also permits the college to release "directory information"
without a student's consent. Directory information consists of the full name of the student as it appears
on the official record; a student's dates of attendance; and a student's degree and honors and
the dates they were awarded. In addition, the act guarantees students' access to their records and
allows students to restrict such access to others.
It is important to note that the Registrar’s Office is more rigorous in protecting the privacy of the student data entrusted it than the law requires.
Family Education Rights and Privacy Act -- Update
Effective February 25, 1993
Section 99.30 is amended by revising the section heading and paragraph (a) to read as follows:
"Under what conditions is prior consent required to disclose information?"
a. The parent or eligible student shall provide a signed and dated written consent before an educational
agency or instructional agency or instruction discloses personally identifiable information from
the student's records except as provided in 99.31.
"The principle change resulting from these regulations is establishment of another condition under
which an institution of postsecondary education may, without prior consent, disclose information
from an educational agency or institutional agency or institution to disclose information from a student's
educational records if the parent or eligible student has provided written consent to party
seeking access to the records, rather than require that the educational agency or institution obtain
written consent directly from the parent or eligible student."