Student records are protected from unauthorized access. Requests for release of information by the student or from outside agencies must be made in writing. This ensures that only authorized individuals have access to specific information requested.
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 entitles all students to review their records, including grades, attendance and advising reports. The school must permit a student to examine such records within 45 days after the school receives a written request from the student. The school will also permit the student to obtain a copy of such records upon payment of a reproduction fee.
A student may request that the school amend his or her education records on the grounds that they are inaccurate, misleading or in violation of the studentís rights or privacy. In the event the school refuses to so amend the records, the student may, after complying with the Student Complaint Procedure, request a hearing. If the outcome of a hearing is unsatisfactory to the student, the student may submit an explanatory statement for inclusion in her education record.
A student has the right to file a complaint with Family Policy Compliance, U.S. Department of Education, Washington, D.C. 20202-4605, concerning the schoolís alleged failure to comply with the Act. Student records are confidential and only such agencies or individuals authorized by law are allowed access without written permission of the student.