Beginning a post-secondary career means you start creating records about you that are collected by higher education institutions and other entities.
Waive your FERPA privacy rights for a specific person, such as a family member. This will give them access to your entire education records.
Release specific information to a person or organization using the Release of Student Record Information form (also enrollment verification form).
You have the right to, at any time, restrict the restriction of directory information not covered in FERPA.
You have the right to, at any time, release the restriction of directory information not covered in FERPA.
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, commonly referred to as FERPA, is a federal law designed to protect the privacy of your student education record.
All current and former FLC students, including students under 18. FERPA rights transfer from parents/legal guardians to the student when they turn 18 or begin attending a post-secondary institution.
Your "education record" maintained by FLC or another organization on behalf of FLC, like National Student Clearinghouse.
FLC officials will not disclose information from a student's education record without the student's signed consent. FLC Officials reserve the right to refuse to disclose a student's education record to a parent/legal guardian even with a signed a FERPA release form.
Access: A student has the right to inspect and review their education records within three days of the day the College receives their request for access.
Amendments/corrections: A student has the right to request an amendment to, or correction of, their education records if the student believes that record to be inaccurate or misleading.
File a complaint: If a student believes that Fort Lewis College, or a representative thereof, has violated their rights under FERPA, they may file a complaint with the Department of Education.
Give consent for others to access your education record:
There are exceptions under which Fort Lewis College may disclose information from a student's education record without their consent that include, but may not be limited to, the following:
The Solomon Amendment is a federal law that allows military recruiters to access some information for military recruitment purposes of students aged 17 and older.
The Department of Education determined the Solomon Amendment supersedes most elements of FERPA. Therefore, an institution must release data included in the "student recruiting information list:"
How releasing information to military recruiters works:
Resource: The Solomon Amendment Brochure
Fort Lewis College may, but is not required to, disclose "directory information" without a student's consent or knowledge. Students may request confidentiality of their directory information at any time.
Directory information at FLC includes:
IMPORTANT: Although Fort Lewis College has designated the information listed above as directory information, FLC officials disclose only a limited amount of this information on a routine basis. The College retains the right to refuse disclosure of directory information if it believes such disclosure would be an infringement on student privacy rights or if disclosure would put the student in danger.
*As outlined in College policy, FLC recognizes that some faculty, staff, and students may prefer to use a first name other than their legal name. The College is committed to making every effort to use preferred first names whenever possible in the course of College business and education. This includes but is not limited to, the use of preferred first names in email addresses, directory listings, recognitions, and any printed materials. Please be aware that, when communicating with a third party about a student, it may be necessary to use their legal name rather than their preferred name.
If a student requests that their record remain confidential:
The student’s record will remain confidential, even after they graduate or leave FLC unless that student reverses their request for confidentiality in writing. Reversal requests must be:
EXCEPTIONS: Certain circumstances require FLC to release information about a student who has requested confidentiality. Those exceptions include:
A "school official" is defined as:
A school official has a legitimate educational interest if the official is:
What is NOT a "legitimate educational interest"?
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