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FAMILY EDUCATIONAL RIGHTS AND PRIVACY ACT (FERPA)
FERPA is a federal law designed to protect the privacy of education records, to establish the right of students to inspect and review their education records, and to provide guidelines for the protection of inaccurate and misleading data through informal and formal hearings.
Student academic and educational records are confidential and are maintained by the appropriate record custodian. These records are disclosed only with the student's written consent except as defined by FERPA. The written consent must: 1) specify the records to be released, 2) state the purpose of the disclosure, 3) identify the party or parties to whom disclosure may be made, and 4) be signed and dated by the student
Students may obtain a copy of the College's policy regarding FERPA from the Registrar or the Dean of Corporate and Community Education.
Directory information (or releasable information) is general information that may be released by the institution for any purpose, at its discretion, to anyone without consent of the student. The following is considered directory information at Tri-County Technical College:
• student name
• telephone number
• email address
• birth date
• participation in officially recognized activities
• attendance dates
• enrollment status
• degrees/awards received
• most recent previous school attended
• photographs/electronic images
Students have the right to withhold disclosure of directory information under the FERPA. To withhold disclosure, students must complete the form and submit to Student Records, 190 Miller Hall (Pendleton Campus) by the end of the second week of class each term.
Students have the right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures by the College to comply with the requirements of FERPA.
The name and address of the Office that administers FERPA is:
Family Policy Compliance Office
U.S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20202-5901