The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) offers students certain rights regarding their educational records such as:
- The right to inspect and review their education records. The student may request to review his/her records by submitting a written request to the college business office.
- The right to correct the records that the student believes to be inaccurate or misleading. Requests for amendment of records must be made in writing and should describe the specific portions or specific record(s) the student wishes to have amended, text or instructions of the desired change, and reasons why the change is justified.
- The right to consent to the disclosure of personal identification information contained in the student’s educational records, except for when consent is not required by FERPA. FERPA does not require a student’s consent when disclosure is to other school officials with legitimate educational interests. A school official is a person employed by the school in an administrative, academic, research, supervisory, or support staff position; a person or company with whom the college has contracted or appointed as its agent; or a student serving on an official committee or assisting another school official in performing the official’s tasks. A school official has a legitimate educational interest if the official needs to review an education record in order to fulfill his/her professional responsibilities. FERPA also allows schools to disclose a student’s directory information without consent, but the student can request that his/her directory information not be released. If the student wishes to make such a request, he/she must do so in writing.