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What is FERPA?

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FERPA is the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 that requires students to provide written permission for release of their grades and or other information.  Download this form to authorize release of your records.

This act was designed to protect the privacy of educational records, to establish the right of students to inspect and review their educational records, and to provide guidelines for correcting inaccurate or misleading data through informal or formal hearings.

When a student turns 18 or enters FRCC at any age, all rights afforded to parents under FERPA transfer to the student. However, FERPA also allows FRCC to share information with parents without the student’s consent. For example:

  • FRCC may disclose education records to parents if the student is a dependent for income tax purposes. However, disclosure is at the discretion of the college registrar and the request must be based on a legitimate educational interest. Download the request form.
  • FRCC may disclose education records to parents if a health or safety emergency involves their son or daughter.
  • FRCC may inform parents if their student (who is under age 21) has violated any law or its policy concerning the use or possession of alcohol or a controlled substance.
  • FRCC may share with a parent information that is based on that official’s personal knowledge or observation of the student.

Directory Information

The college may disclose "directory information" without prior written consent, unless notified by the student in writing by the first official class meeting date of each semester.

Directory information includes:

  • Student name
  • Major field of study
  • Participation in officially recognized activities and sports
  • Dates of attendance
  • Degrees and awards received
  • Most recent educational institution attended
  • Enrollment status (i.e. full-time, three-quarter-time, half-time, less than half-time, withdrawn, graduated or deceased)

If you would like to request that not even your Directory Information be released, please complete our Directory Information Confidentiality Request.

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