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FERPA - Family Education Rights and Privacy Act of 1974

The Family Education Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 is intended to protect the privacy of students' educational records.  The Act defines educational records as those records, files, documents, and other materials which contain information directly related to the student and which are maintained by the College or an agent of the College.  

The Act provides students with two distinct rights.  First, students have the right to inspect and review their educational records.  Additionally, they have the right to challenge the accuracy of these records and to have explanations or comments on these records placed in their file.  

Second, students are entitled to have the privacy of their records maintained.  No educational record shall be released by the College or its agents, nor shall access be granted thereto without the consent of the student except as defined by the Act.

The Act defines certain pieces of information as directory information.  Directory information may be released without the written consent of the student.  Directory information includes name, home address, home phone number, local address, local phone number, e-mail address, photograph, and names and addresses of parents.  Also, name and address of secondary school attended; periods of attendance and degrees awarded; field of concentration; date of graduation; confirmation of signature; membership in College organizations; honors, awards and other accomplishments; and such information as is normally included on rosters and programs prepared for athletic contests.

Students may withhold directory information on the appropriate screen in myDiplomat, or by contacting the Registrar's Office.