Student Privacy - FERPA
Students wishing to authorize release of their record will need to fill out the Authorization to Release Information Form. If you wish to revoke a previous authorization, you should complete a FERPA Retraction Form. Students wishing to withhold directory information will need to complete the Non-Disclosure form. Once completed you may fax or mail form to:
FAMILY EDUCATIONAL RIGHTS & PRIVACY ACT
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) affords students certain rights with respect to their educational records. They are:
The right to inspect and review the student’s education records within 45 days of the day the College receives a request for access. Students should submit to the Dean of Academic Services and Registrar written request that identify the record(s) they wish to inspect. The College will make arrangements for access and notify the student of the time and place where the records may be inspected.
The right to request the amendment of the student’s education record that the student believes is inaccurate or misleading. Students may ask the College to amend a record that they believe is inaccurate or misleading. Student should submit to the Dean of Academic Services and Registrar in written request, clearly identify the part of the record(s) they want changed, and specify why it is inaccurate or misleading. If the College decides not to amend the record as requested by the student, the College will notify the student of the decision and advise the student of his or her right to a hearing regarding the request for amendment. Additional information regarding the hearing procedures will be provided to the student when notified of the right to a hearing.
The right to consent to disclosures of personally identifiable information contained in the student’s education records except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure without consent. One exception, which permits disclosure without consent, is disclosure to school officials with legitimate educational interests. A school official is a person employed by the College in an administrative, supervisory, academic, research, or support staff position; a person or company with whom the College has contracted (such as an attorney, auditor, or collection agency); a person serving on the Board of Trustees; or a student serving on an official committee, such as a disciplinary or grievance committee, or assisting another school official in performing his or her tasks. A school official has a legitimate educational interest if the official needs to review an education record in order to fulfill his or her professional responsibility.
The right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures by Muskegon Community College to comply with the requirements of FERPA. The name and address of the Office that administers FERPA is:
Family Policy Compliance Office
U.S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Avenue SW
Washington, DC 20202-4605
For parents: frequently asked questions about FAMILY EDUCATIONAL RIGHTS & PRIVACY ACT