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Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act

The College policy on student records complies with the "Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act." This act was designed to protect the privacy of education records, to establish the rights of students to inspect and review their education records, and to provide guidelines for correction of incorrect or misleading data through formal and informal hearings.

No one outside the institution shall have access to nor will the institution disclose any information about student educational records without the written consent of the student. Exceptions are personnel within the institutions in which students seek to enroll, persons or organizations providing students financial aid, accrediting agencies carrying out their accreditation function, persons in compliance with a judicial order, and/or persons in an emergency in order to protect the health or safety of students or other persons and to parents of an eligible student as a dependent for tax purposes.

The following information is designated by the College as public or "directory" information: name, address, telephone listing, major field of study, dates of attendance, photographs, full-time/part-time status, degrees and awards received, the most recent educational agency or institution attended by the student, participation in officially recognized activities and sports, and weight and height of members of athletic teams. At its discretion, the institution may provide directory information in accordance with the provisions of the Act.

Currently enrolled students may withhold directory information by notifying the Office of Admissions and Records in writing within two weeks after the first day of classes for the fall term. Questions concerning the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act may be referred to the vice president of student services.

The college policy is available in the SVCC catalog under Student Services, Admissions then Records. Contact the Director of Enrollment Services/Registrar for more information.

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