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Notification of Rights under FERPA

Notification of Rights under FERPA for Postsecondary Institutions

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) provides students certain rights with respect to their education records. These rights include:

  1. The right to inspect and review the student's education records within 45 days of the day the University receives a request for access. Students should submit to the registrar, dean, head of the academic department, or other appropriate official, written requests that identify the record(s) they wish to inspect. The College official will make arrangements for access and notify the student of the time and place where the records may be inspected. If the records are not maintained by the University official to whom the request was submitted, that official shall advise the student of the correct official to whom the request should be addressed.
  2. The right to request the amendment of the student’s education records that the student believes is inaccurate. Students may ask the College to amend a record that they believe is inaccurate. They should write the College official responsible for the record, clearly identify the part of the record they want changed, and specify why it is inaccurate. If the College decides not to amend the record as requested by the student, the College will notify the student of the decision and advise the student of his or her right to a hearing regarding the request for amendment. Additional information regarding the hearing procedures will be provided to the student when notified of the right to a hearing.
  3. The right to consent to disclosures of personally identifiable information contained in the student's education records, except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure without consent. One exception, which permits disclosure without consent, is disclosure to school officials with legitimate educational interests. A school official is a person employed by the University in an administrative, supervisory, academic or research, or support staff position (including law enforcement unit personnel and health staff); a person or company with whom the University has contracted (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 a disciplinary or grievance committee, or assisting another school official in performing his or her tasks.
  4. The College may disclose personally identifiable information without student consent to the following parties:
    * US Comptroller General, US Attorney General or Department of Education;
    * State and Local Officials:
    * Authorized organizations conducting educational research:
    * Accrediting agencies:
    * Alleged victim of a crime;
    * Parent of a dependent student as defined by IRS;
    * Parent of a student under 21 regarding the violation of a law regarding alcohol or drug abuse

In the event of a court order, the College will make a reasonable effort to notify a student who is the subject of a subpoena or court order before complying, so that the student may seek protective action (Unless the court of issuing agency has prohibited such disclosure).

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 responsibility.


Upon request, the College may disclose education records without consent to officials of another school in which a student seeks or intends to enroll.
(4) The right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures by Carl Sandburg College to comply with the requirements of FERPA. The name and address of the Office that administers FERPA is:
Family Policy Compliance Office
U.S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20202-5901

Carl Sandburg College’s Directory Information Public Notice as required by  $99.37 of the regulations.
Carl Sandburg College agrees with the intent of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, and has set forth the procedures for compliance with it.

  1. The procedures of compliance with the Act will be published in the Student Handbook. More extensive FERPA information is available on the College web site
  2. A complete and detailed inventory of educational records maintained by campus offices is included in the information on the College website. The inventory is open to inspection by students upon signed request.
  3. The following data is considered by Carl Sandburg College to be "directory information" and will be released on any student, unless the student signs a request to limit release:


  • Student’s name
  • Hometown, High School attended
  • Full Time, Part Time enrollment
  • Approval candidacy for graduation
  • Major Field of Study
  • Enrollment Status
  • Dates of attendance
  • Most recent education agency or institution attended
  • Degrees, honors, and awards received
  • Height and weight of student athletes
  • Participation in officially recognized activities and sports

I understand that Carl Sandburg College has the right to report similar information to its controlling agencies for nonpublic use. I also realize that this nondisclosure can be superseded by the legal system. Otherwise, any release of this type of information must have my signed and dated written permission.


In order to prevent the dissemination of any personal data, a signed "stop of release" must be filed in the Records & Registration Office (forms available there) no later than the end of the second week of classes in each semester. The Registrar will accept a request to stop release for other off-campus uses at any time the student signs such a request in the Registrar's Office. The stop of release will remain in effect until the Registrar's Office is notified. Notification to remove the stop of release must be made in person or writing by the student, and notarized.