The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) is a Federal law that protects the privacy of student education records. The law applies to all schools that receive funds under an applicable program of the U.S. Department of Education.
FERPA gives parents certain rights with respect to their children's education records. These rights transfer to the student when he or she reaches the age of 18 or attends a school beyond the high school level. Students to whom the rights have transferred are "eligible students."
FERPA allows but does not mandate the release of directory information which includes:
*Current address and phone number are considered restricted directory information. These items are only released if a legitimate educational interest is established.
Non-directory information is never released without the student's official authorization. These items include but are not limited to:
Student rights under FERPA can be found in the College's Annual Notification. (PDF will open in a new window.)
Students must submit the Waiver of Academic Privacy (PDF will open in new window) before the College will release the student's academic record to any third-party.
In a situation where a student is enrolled in both a high school and at TCC via a Dual Credit or Early College High School Program, the two schools may exchange information on that student. If the student is under 18, the parent/guardian still retains the rights under FERPA at the high school and may inspect and review any records sent by TCC to the high school.
Updated September 10, 2014