Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)
Federal law guarantees that college students have general, but not unlimited, access to educational records maintained by the college. The law guarantees that the privacy of these records will be protected.
Johnson State College policy requires that we conform to federal law in this matter.
You can get a complete copy of the college policy at the Registrar's Office or by clicking on this link.
What Rights Does FERPA Protect?
Once your son or daughter reaches the age of 18 or attends a postsecondary institution, their educational records are subject to FERPA, the federal law that governs release of and access to student education records, and certain rights are afforded to the student.
The student's rights under FERPA include:
- The right to inspect and review his educational record within a reasonable time after the request is made
- The right to request an amendment of their education record if they believe it is inaccurate or misleading
- The right to consent to disclosure of their educational record if they believe it is inaccurate or misleading
- The right to consent to disclosure of their educational record, except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure without consent
- The right to file a complaint with the US Department of Education concerning alleged failures by the college to comply with the requirements of FERPA
Examples of information protected by this act include the following:
- Academic Performance (good/bad grades)
- Disciplinary Cases (judicial problems)
- Finances (financial records, Business Office matters, etc.)
- Personal matters
We strongly suggest that you and your student discuss this issue. If the student would like to allow you access to this information, he or she should fill out an Information Release Form, available in the Office of the Dean of Students, Registrar's Office, or by clicking on this link. Once signed, this form will be valid until your son or daughter leaves Johnson State College or signs a new release form.
The completed release form should be submitted to the Office of the Dean of Students.