Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974
Under the Federal Education and Privacy Rights Act of 1974 as Amended (FERPA), Gadsden State Community College may disclose certain student information as "directory information." Directory information includes students' name, address, telephone number, date of birth, and major fields of study, as well as information about students' participation in officially recognized activities and sports, the weight and height of members of athletic teams, the date of attendance by students, degrees and awards received, and the most recent previous educational agency or institution attended by a student. If any student objects to the release of such information, that student should notify in person and in writing within three weeks after the beginning of each semester the Registrar, whose office is in Allen Hall on the Wallace Drive Campus.
Notification of Student Rights under FERPA – FERPA affords students certain rights with respect to their education records. These rights are:
- The right to inspect and to review the student's education records.
- The right to request the amendment of the student's education records to ensure that they are not inaccurate, misleading, or otherwise in violation of the student's privacy or other rights.
- The right to consent to disclosure of personally identifiable information contained in the student's education records, except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure without consent.
- The right to file with the U.S. Department of Education a complaint concerning alleged failures by Gadsden State Community College to comply with the requirements of FERPA.
- The right to obtain a copy of Gadsden State Community College's student records policy, which is available at the Registrar's Office.
School Officials and Legitimate Educational Interest
A school official is defined as a college employee, person or a student assisting another school official in performing his or her tasks.
A school official with a legitimate educational interest may be granted access to confidential student information if the official needs the information to fulfill his/her professional responsibility.
- Performing appropriate tasks that are specified in his/her position description or by a contract agreement
- Performing a task related to a student’s education
- Performing a task related to the discipline of a student
- Providing services for the student, such as counseling, job placement or financial aid
Legitimate educational interest does not convey inherent rights to any and all student information.