Student Privacy Rights

Excerpt from Texarkana College Catalog and Student Handbook

 

 FAMILY EDUCATION RIGHTS AND PRIVACY ACT OF 1974

Texarkana College complies with the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, which was designed to protect the privacy of education records, to establish the right of students to inspect and review their education records, and to provide guidelines for the correction in inaccurate or misleading data through informal and formal hearings.

Students also have the right to file complaints with The Family Education Rights and Privacy Act Office (FERPA) concerning alleged failure by the institution to comply with the Act. For additional information, please contact the Admissions and Records Office.

Texarkana College considers students to be independent of their parents in regard to their education records. However, information may be disclosed to the parents by obtaining the student’s written consent to do so.

 DIRECTORY INFORMATION

 The College will release the following items of directory information (as defined by the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act) without the written consent of the student: name, address, telephone number, date of birth, major, dates of attendance, degrees awarded, full- and part-time status, enrollment and withdrawal verifications, student classification, and most recent previous institution attended. The College reserves the right, under the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act, to publish this information and routinely furnishes it to loan agencies, insurance companies, prospective employers, family members, etc. Students are responsible for informing the Admissions and Records Office in writing each semester if the above information is not to be released.

 CONFIDENTIALITY AND ACCESS OF STUDENT RECORDS

 The Admissions and Records Office maintains permanent education records of both credit and non-credit courses. The permanent record for credit courses contains the following: student’s name, social security number, address, sex, date of birth, mode of admission, TASP/THEA or alternative exam scores, academic work undertaken, grades and grade points and credit hours earned, scholastic standing, and degrees and/or certificates awarded. The permanent record for non-credit courses from 1990-present contains the following: student’s name, address, social security number, date of birth, sex, courses taken, satisfactory or unsatisfactory completion, CEUs earned, and contact hours.

Student records are released only for use by faculty and professional staff for authorized College-related purposes. The release of student records (transcripts) for off-campus use occurs only with the student’s knowledge and consent, or where required by law. Students may obtain an official or unofficial student copy of the permanent record from the Admissions and Records office only with appropriate ID unless the student properly authorizes a third party.

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