Kirkwood Community College

Kirkwood Community College Credit Catalog 2011-2012

Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

The college complies with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974. The law provides three fundamental rights to students who attend postsecondary institutions:

  • Right to inspect and review education records.
  • Right to request to amend education records.
  • Right to limit disclosure of "personally identifiable information" contained in education records.

At the postsecondary level, rights under FERPA are afforded to students and not parents, even if students are less than 18 years of age. In accordance with this federal law, the college adopted policies and procedures governing the confidentiality of student educational records.

The law states certain information such as name, address, telephone number, dates of attendance, degrees and awards, full- or part-time status, etc., is directory information, and each college can formulate its own policy about what directory information it will release. It is Kirkwood’s policy not to release names, addresses and phone numbers. Exceptions are made when names and hometowns of graduates are listed in newspapers, commencement books or team rosters. Students can ask that even directory information be withheld. Requests must be filed each term in the One Stop office.

Questions about this law and about college policy should be directed to the One Stop office, 2nd floor Kirkwood Hall. Students have the right to file complaints with the U.S. Department of Education.