The purpose of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) is to afford certain rights to students concerning their education records. The primary rights afforded are:
1. The right to inspect and review the student’s educational records.
2. The right to request the amendment of the student’s education records to ensure that they are not inaccurate, misleading, or otherwise in violation of the student’s privacy or other rights.
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.
4. The right to request that the College withhold all directory information without the student’s written consent. (Student must complete the Non-Disclosure of Directory Information form available at the Registrar’s Office.)
5. The right to file with the U. S. Department of Education a complaint concerning alleged failure by Southwest 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 20202-4605
SCNM may release information that has been defined under the Directory Information provision of FERPA. SCNM defines directory information as:
- name, address, photo/photo-ID, phone number, e-mail address, dates of attendance, program of study, degree conferral date, enrollment status, grade level, previous educational institutions attended, and degree/awards earned.
Forms are available at the Registrar’s Office for a student to request that SCNM withhold all directory information.
Student information of a private, personal, or confidential nature that is provided to SCNM faculty and staff will not be disclosed improperly. The faculty is expected to provide accurate evaluations of students. For the purposes of monitoring and recording student progress, evaluations include the strengths and weaknesses of academic, clinical, communication, and professional skills. The evaluations also include observations and opinions regarding academic effort and professional conduct. Although not required, faculty and staff may provide judgments of a student’s abilities and character to others in appropriate circumstances in accordance with the SCNM policy on student records.
If you are unsure of what information may be disclosed and/or when information may be disclosed to whom, contact the Office of the Registrar for clarification. You may contact us via email - firstname.lastname@example.org or via phone at 480-222-9211.