Family Educational Rights & Privacy Act of 1974 The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) affords students certain rights with the respect to their education records. These rights include:
- The right to inspect and review the student's education records within 45 days of the request for access. Students should submit to the Registrar. The College official will make arrangements for access and notify the student of the time and place where the records may be inspected. If the records are not maintained by the College official to whom the request was submitted, that official shall advise the student of the correct official to whom the request should be addressed.
- The right to request the amendment of the student's educational records if found inaccurate, misleading, or otherwise erroneous. Students may ask the College to amend a record that they believe is inaccurate or misleading. A letter of correction(s) must be mailed to the College official responsible for the record. This document shall clearly identify the part of the record in question and specify why it is inaccurate or misleading. If the College reaches a decision not to amend the record as requested, the student will be notified in writing and advised of his or her right to an official hearing regarding the issue. Additional information regarding the actual hearing procedures will be provided to the student upon notification of a hearing.
- The right to consent to disclosures of personally identifiable information contained in a student's education records, except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure without consent.
NOTE: One exception which permits disclosure without consent is disclosure to school officials with legitimate educational interests. A school official is defined as a person employed by the College in an administrative, supervisory, academic, research, or support staff position (including law enforcement personnel and health staff); a person or company with whom the College has contracted (such as an attorney, auditor, or collection agent); a person serving on the board of trustees; a student serving on an official committee, e.g. disciplinary or grievance committee members and staff assisting another school official in performing his or her task(s). A school official has a genuine educational interest if the official must review an education record in order to fulfill his or her professional responsibility.
- The right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures by Texas State Technical College to comply with the requirements of FERPA.
Family Policy Compliance Office
U.S. Department of Education
600 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20202-4605/
Phone: (202) 260-3887
FAX: (202) 260-9001