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FERPA Rights and Policy Notice

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) is a Federal law which was enacted in order to protect students' education records at all schools that receive funds under a program of the U. S. Department of Education.

Rights of the Student or Parent

FERPA gives a student's parents certain rights over the student's education records until the student reaches the age of 18 or attends a school beyond the high school level. At that time, the rights are transferred from the parents to the eligible student. These rights enable the eligible student or parents to:

When a School Does Not Need Written Consent

Generally, a school must have written permission from the parent or student before releasing any information from the student's records. Schools can, however, disclose the student's records without the student's or parent's consent to any of the following parties or under any of the following conditions:

Disclosure of Directory Information

Schools do not need consent to disclose "directory" information, which at Randolph College is the student's name, photograph, program of study, degrees granted and awards received, classification, enrollment status, dates of attendance, participation in officially recognized activities and sports, and height of member of athletic teams.

Annual Notification of Rights

Each year, schools are required to notify the student and parents of their rights under FERPA. This notification is in the Randolph College Academic Catalog.