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:
Students may obtain a copy of the College’s policy regarding FERPA from the Registrar or the Dean of Corporate and Community Education. Students have the right to withhold disclosure of directory information under the FERPA. To withhold disclosure, students must complete the form and submit it to TC Central (First Floor, Ruby Hicks) on the Pendleton Campus by the end of the second week of class each term.
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:
Personally Identifiable Information
Tri-County Technical College will disclose personally identifiable information from a student’s education records only when the eligible student has provided written consent to the College with the following exceptions:
*Additional conditions exist. Contact the Registrar's Office at 864-646-1600 for additional details.
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