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Student Rights under FERPA

Notice of Student Rights under the Federal Education Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA) as amended: Salem College complies with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA) as amended. This act protects the privacy of educational records, establishes the right of students to inspect and review...

Notice of Student Rights under the Federal Education Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA) as amended:

Salem College complies with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA) as amended.  This act protects the privacy of educational records, establishes the right of students to inspect and review their educational records and provides guidelines for the correction of inaccurate or misleading data through informal and formal hearings.  Students also have the right to file complaints with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act Office concerning alleged failures by the institution to comply with the Act. 

Students have the right to view their educational records.  Files excluded from student access are 1) confidential information placed in the record before January 1, 1975; 2) medical and psychological information; 3) private notes and procedural materials retained by maker or substitutes; 4) financial records of parents. A student who wishes to challenge any data in her educational record which she considers inaccurate or misleading or in violation of the privacy or other rights of the student must file a written challenge with the dean of students or registrar.

Under FERPA, Salem College is permitted to release directory information (the student's name, home and residence hall address, home and residence hall telephone listing, home and school e-mail addresses, photo, date and place of birth, major, participation in officially-recognized extracurricular activities, dates of attendance, degree, awards and most recent previous educational institution attended).  However, it is Salem College's policy not to release lists of student names and addresses or telephone numbers to outside parties with the exception of state and federal agencies or as required by law.  Any student who wishes to place a further privacy hold on any of the above directory information must notify the Registrar in writing.  Questions concerning the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act may be referred to the Office of the Registrar.