Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA)

Thomas Edison State College adheres to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, as amended, known as the Buckley Amendment. This act is designed to protect the privacy of educational records, to establish the right of students to inspect and review their educational records, to provide guidelines for the correction of inaccurate or misleading data through informal and formal hearings and to establish the right of students to file complaints with the FERPA office concerning alleged failures by the institution to comply with the act. Thomas Edison State College makes public announcement of FERPA in its College Catalog, Undergraduate Prospectus and Graduate Prospectus.

Students have the right to inspect and review their educational records within 45 days from the date when the College receives a written request for access. Thomas Edison State College does not publish a student directory, but has designated the following categories of student information as public information: student name, e-mail address, enrollment status, area of study, degree/honors conferred and dates of conferral. This information may be released for any purpose at the discretion of the College. Students have the right to withhold the disclosure of directory information by written notification to the Office of the Registrar.

The College limits disclosure of other personally identifiable information from educational records unless the student has given prior written consent. Students who request release of their educational records to a third party must provide signed written authorization to the Office of the Registrar. Directory and non-directory student information may be released to school officials designated by the College who have a valid, legitimate educational interest for its review, provided that the official is reviewing an educational record in order to fulfill his/her professional responsibility on behalf of the College. School officials with legitimate educational interest in a student’s educational record are those officials who are designated as persons or agents with whom the College has contracted and who provide an academic service to Thomas Edison State College. A copy of this policy is available in the Office of the Registrar.