Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

 

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 permits current or former students to inspect certain college educational records pertaining to them as individuals and to obtain copies for a fee.  Students are also accorded the right to question the content of a record and to receive a formal hearing if dissatisfied with the responses to such questions .

Written consent from a student is required before personally identifiable information can be released from the individual educational record in all cases except tuition and fee obligations and those specifically exempted by law.

There is certain directory information which the College may release without the student's permission.  Directory Information at the College at Oneonta is defined as the following:

  • student name, postal addresses (not residence hall addresses), phone numbers and electronic mail addresses
  • major field (s) of student, class year, academic advisor, dates of attendance, full/part-time enrollment status, degrees and awards received.
  • most recent previous school attended.
  • Photographs, height and weight of members of athletic teams.

Students wishing to prevent directory information from being released must contact the College Registrar, in writing or in person, to request that a "confidential flag" be placed on his or her record.  These confidential flags will be placed within 48 hours of receipt of the request and will be in effect until the student provides the College Registrar with a written request to remove the confidential flag.

The Institutional FERPA Policy Statement, containing complete College policies and procedures for exercising student rights under the Federal Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, is available from the College Registrar.  Inquiries or complaints may be filed with the Family Policy Compliance Office, U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington, DC 20202-4605.

This Student Records Policy supersedes that printed in the 1998-1999 Undergraduate Catalog.


It is the College's policy to release grades only to STUDENTS via the secure web site or via mail when requested by the student.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION REGARDING FERPA, VISIT THE REGISTRAR'S OFFICE