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Family Education Rights & Privacy Act of 1974 (F.E.R.P.A.)
Annually, we inform students of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) of 1974 as amended. This Act was designated to protect the privacy of education records, to establish the rights of students to inspect and review their education records and to provide guidelines for the correction of inaccurate or misleading data through informal and formal hearings. Students also have the right to file complaints with the FERPA Office concerning alleged failures by the Institution to comply with the Act.
In accordance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA), the student has the right to inspect and review his or her education records within 45 days of the request; request an amendment to his or her education records; a hearing if their request for an amendment is unsatisfactory; or file a complaint with the US Department of Education.
School officials may obtain information from education records without obtaining prior written consent. The Institute determines the criteria for who will be considered school officials and what legitimate educational interests school officials have to be allowed access to educational records.
Students do not have the right to see the following: parental or guardian financial information; confidential letters and recommendations used for admissions purposes (for which the student has waived the right of inspection); confidential letters and recommendations written prior to January 1, 1975; and education records containing information about more than one student (students are permitted access to that part of the record which pertains only to inquiring student).
The Institute will refrain from disclosing a student’s academic, billing or financial aid information to parents and/or guardians without the consent of the student. A FERPA Student Consent Form is distributed to students upon registration at the Institution. A student must complete this form and return it to the Registrar, if they wish for the parent (s) or guardian(s) to be able to access specific information regarding their student account. If the student chooses to grant permission to release this information to parent(s) or guardian(s), the parent(s) and/or guardian(s) must be listed on the form. The form is available at the Office of the Registrar.
Schools may disclose the following information without consent: “directory” type information such as a student’s name, campus address, telephone number and email address; photographs; relationship to an alumnus/a; participation in officially recognized extracurricular activities and sports; concentration of study and degree sought or completed; full- or part-time enrollment status and classification (freshman, sophomore, junior, senior, graduate); dates of attendance and graduation; degrees, honors and awards received; expected date of completion of degree, requirements and graduation; and most recent previous education agency, institution, college or school attended, and degree received from it.
This information, however, will not be disclosed if the student completes a Request to Prevent Disclosure of Directory Information form, available from the Office of the Registrar. By signing this form, your name will be withheld from any Institute-wide posted or published lists such as the Dean’s List, the Commencement Program, and information will not be released to prospective employers or during enrollment verification.
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