Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

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The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (also known as the Buckley Amendment) was enacted to protect the privacy of educational records, to establish the right of students to examine and review their educational records, and to establish guidelines for the correction of inaccurate or misleading statements.

Students have the right to inspect and review their education records within 45 days of the day the Corcoran receives a request for access. A student who wishes to inspect and review his or her education records should submit a written request to the registrar which identifies the record(s) the student wishes to inspect. The registrar will make arrangements for access and notify the student of the time and place where the records may be inspected. Students also have the right to request an amendment of their education records that they believe are inaccurate, misleading, or otherwise in violation of their privacy rights under FERPA. A student who wishes to ask the Corcoran to amend a record should write the registrar and clearly identify the part of the record the student wants changed, as well as specify why it should be changed. If the registrar decides not to amend the record as requested, the registrar will notify the student in writing of the decision and the student’s right to a hearing regarding the request for amendment (see section on Academic Review Committee). Additional information regarding the hearing procedures will be provided to the student when notified of the right to a hearing.

Directory information is information contained in an education record of a student which would not generally be considered harmful or an invasion of privacy if disclosed. The Corcoran College of Art + Design has designated the following information as directory information: student’s name, participation in officially recognized activities, thesis titles, addresses, telephone listings, e-mail addresses, photographs, degrees and awards received, date and place of birth, field of study, dates of attendance, enrollment status (full- or part-time, undergraduate or graduate), and the most recent school attended. No other information will be released without a student’s prior written consent, including disclosure of information to parents or family members. Special requests can be made by students to withhold the release of directory information, or to authorize release of information to third parties such as parents.

Request for non-disclosure: Students who do not want the Corcoran to disclose their directory information from their education records without their prior written consent must notify the Office of the Registrar in writing each year prior to the first day of fall classes.

Release without written permission of the student: One exception, which permits disclosure without a student’s prior written consent, is disclosure to school officials with legitimate educational interests. A school official is a person employed by the Corcoran in an administrative, supervisory, academic or research, or support staff position (including security personnel); a person or company with whom the Corcoran has contracted as its agent to provide a service instead of using Corcoran employees or officials (such as an attorney, auditor, or collection agent); a person serving on the Board of Trustees; or a student serving on an official committee, such as the Honor Committee and the Student Conduct 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 responsibilities for the College. Upon request, the Corcoran also discloses education records without consent to officials of another school in which a student seeks or intends to enroll. As of January 3, 2012, the U.S. Department of Education's FERPA regulations expand the circumstances under which a student’s education records and personally identifiable information (PII) contained in such records — including Social Security Number, grades, or other private information — may be accessed without the student’s consent. First, the U.S. Comptroller General, the U.S. Attorney General, the U.S. Secretary of Education, or state and local education authorities ("Federal and State Authorities") may allow access to a student’s records and PII without his or her consent to any third party designated by a Federal or State Authority to evaluate a federal- or state-supported education program. The evaluation may relate to any program that is "principally engaged in the provision of education," such as early childhood education and job training, as well as any program that is administered by an education agency or institution. Second, Federal and State Authorities may allow access to a student’s education records and PII without his or her consent to researchers performing certain types of studies, in certain cases even when we object to or do not request such research. Federal and State Authorities must obtain certain use- restriction and data security promises from the entities that they authorize to receive the student’s PII, but the Authorities need not maintain direct control over such entities. In addition, in connection with Statewide Longitudinal Data Systems, State Authorities may collect, compile, permanently retain, and share without the student’s consent PII from his or her education records, and they may track the student’s participation in education and other programs by linking such PII to other personal information about the student that they obtain from other Federal or State data sources, including workforce development, unemployment insurance, child welfare, juvenile justice, military service, and migrant student records systems.

The privacy rights of an individual expire with that individual's death. Access to records held by an institution for a deceased person is not a FERPA issue but a matter of institutional policy. The Corcoran will exercise its own discretion in deciding whether, and under what conditions, information should be disclosed to survivors or third parties. Individuals requesting information from the record of a deceased student should be directed to the Office of the Registrar.

Any questions regarding additional details of the institution’s FERPA policy, or concerns about a possible violation of FERPA rights should be directed to the Office of the Registrar. Complaints that concern any alleged failures by the Corcoran to comply with the requirements of FERPA can be filed with:

Family Policy Compliance Office
U.S. Department of Education

400 Maryland Avenue SW
Washington, DC 20202-5901