The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, also known as FERPA, is a federal law that protects the privacy of student education records. The law applies to all schools receiving funds under the United States Department of Education.
FERPA grants current and former students the following rights:
- The right to inspect and review your education record
- The right to have control over the disclosure of information from your education record
- The right to request to amend incorrect education records
- The right to file a complaint with the United State Department of Education:
Family Policy Compliance Office
United States Department of Education
400 Maryland Avenue, Southwest
Washington DC 20202-5920
To view your education records, you must submit a signed letter to the Records Office and the College must respond to your request within 45 days.
FERPA allows schools to disclose education records, without consent, under the following circumstances:
- School officials with legitimate educational interest
- Other schools to which a student is transferring
- Specified officials for audit and evaluation purposes
- Appropriate parties in connection with financial aid
- Accrediting organizations
- Organization conducting approved studies for the college
- Compliance with judicial order or subpoena
- Directory information
Kaskaskia College has designated directory information to include:
- Student name
- Phone number
- Enrollment status
- Date of birth
- Major field of study
- Classification (freshman or sophomore)
- Dates of attendance
- Degrees and Honors earned and dates
- Most recent educational agency or institution attended prior to enrollment at KC
- Participation in officially recognized activity or sport Including weight, height, photos of members of athletic team or student activities and personal photo
The College retains the right to exercise discretion in determining the release of directory information.
Under FERPA a student’s right to review his or her records supersedes the right of the parent when the student becomes 18 or is enrolled in a post-secondary course.
If you still have questions contact our department and we’ll be happy to help.