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FERPA (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974)
Access to Student Records

The College’s policy follows the spirit and letter of all federal and state laws concerning access to student records. Within certain statutory limitations, students, upon reasonable notice, may review their “education records” containing information directly related to themselves. Students will be afforded an opportunity to challenge the accuracy of factual information in their records. In the event a student challenges a record, the student will be offered a hearing by a College official who has no personal involvement in the matter challenged and shall receive a decision in writing within a reasonable time (not more than 45 days) after the conclusion of the hearing. Should the student fail to appear at the hearing or request an adjourned hearing date prior to the date set for the hearing, a decision shall be issued on the facts available. Students wishing to inspect their records shall direct their requests to the office concerned with those records.

Information concerning a student, other than “directory information,”1 will not be shared with any individual without written approval of the student, with the following exceptions:

  • The College will cooperate with all legal authorities in every way appropriate, in accordance with all federal and state laws. The office receiving a request for such cooperation shall immediately seek approval for the release of the requested information from the Records Access Officer.

  • Student records may circulate within the College for disclosure to those with an appropriate educational interest. This permits the sharing of student records with the College administration for purposes of academic programming, fiscal planning and related matters.

Although the following are part of the educational record, students do not have access to:

  • Letters or statements of recommendation submitted in confidence for school records prior to January 1, 1975, provided these records are not used by the school for other than the original intended purpose.

  • Financial records of the parents of the students or any information directly related to the parents’ financial status.

Problems or issues concerning access to students’ records, should be directed to the Registrar, Campus Center, Room I-102.

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act is available for review on the WEB at www.ed.gov/policy/gen/guid/fpco/ferpa/index.html.

NOTE: “Directory information” includes information relating to a student’s name, address, e-mail address, date and place of birth, major field of study, dates of attendance, honors designation and earned degrees. The parent of a dependent student or an eligible student who wishes to restrict access to “directory information” with respect to that student must inform the Office of the Registrar in writing, within 15 days after the start of each semester.


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Adolescence Education(7-12)- Chemistry (BA,BS)

Adolescence Education(7-12)- Mathematics (BA,BS)

Adolescence Education(7-12)- Social Studies BA

Adolescence Education(7-12)- Spanish BA

American Studies B.A.

Biochemistry B.S.

Biological Sciences B.A., B.S.

Business Administration B.S.

Chemistry B.A., B.S.

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Childhood Education with Bilingual Extension (1-6) B.S.

Comparative Humanities B.A.

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Criminology B.S.

Health & Society B.S.

Industrial & Labor Relations (B.A., B.S.)

Language & Literature: English, B.A.

Management Information Systems B.S.

Mathematics B.S.

Media & Communications B.A.

Middle Childhood Education (5-9) - Biology B.S.

Middle Childhood Education (5-9) - Chemistry B.S.

Middle Childhood Education (5-9) - Mathematics B.S.

MiddleChildhood Education (5-9) - Spanish B.S.

Philosophy & Religion B.A.

Politics, Economics & Law B.A.

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Sociology B.A., B.S.

Spanish Language, Hispanic Literature & Culture B.A.

Special Education & Childhood Education (1-6) B.S.

Special Education with Bilingual Extension (1-6) B.S.

Visual Arts B.A., B.S.

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