The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) is a Federal law that protects the privacy of student educational records. These rights transfer to the student when they reach the age of 18 or attend a school beyond the high school level. If a student is attending classes at CFCC – at any age – the FERPA rights transfer to the student. If the student is enrolled in both a high school and a college, the two schools may exchange information on that student. If the student is under 18, the parents still retain the rights under FERPA at the high school, but not at the college.
Disability Support Services will always protect student privacy and not speak with persons from outside of the college about any academic information, unless permission has been received from the student allowing the communication. In order for the Disability Support Services office staff to be permitted to communicate with anyone other than the student, a Student Disclosure Request must be completed by the student.
Within the Student Disclosure Request, the option, “I hereby request that CFCC disclose academic information to the following” should be selected, along with the name of the person(s) to be added. Additionally, the two security questions and answers should be completed, along with the student’s printed name, ID, signature, & date.
The completed Student Disclosure Request form should then be turned into the Registrar’s office on either of CFCC’s campus locations. The Registrar’s Downtown Campus location is in Union Station (U) and the North Campus location is in the McKeithan Center (NA).
For additional questions, feel free to contact a Disability Support Services staff member.