Privacy of Records (FERPA)

Privacy of Records (FERPA)

Students have certain rights under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA) concerning their school records. This law permits the college to release “directory” information about students without student consent.

Western defines directory information as:

  • Name
  • City
  • State
  • Date of birth
  • Dates of attendance
  • Credit load
  • Previous colleges and schools attended
  • Program of study
  • Awards, honors, and degrees conferred including dates
  • Past and present participation in officially recognized sports and activities
  • Address (limited directory information only)
  • Phone (limited directory information only)

Students can withhold directory information by submitting a Request To Withhold Directory Information to the Registrar’s Office. This request is valid until it is revoked in writing by the student.

Students have the right to inspect and review their records. All requests will be responded to within 45 days. Contact the Registrar’s Office in the Welcome Center.

Upon request, the College may disclose education records without consent to officials of another school in which a student seeks or intends to enroll.

Student names and addresses may be released to Western Technical College Foundation for Foundation-related activities.

If students would like additional information released to specific parties (e.g., if a student would like information concerning their financial aid, tuition, or educational records released to their parents), a Release of Student Information Form should be submitted to the Registrar’s Office. This Release will be valid until it is revoked in writing by the student.

Limited Directory Information Designation:

Western does not disclose any directory information for marketing or solicitation purposes. Western designates address and phone numbers as limited directory information only. This information is only eligible for release to Western Technical College Foundation for Foundation-related activities and/or local, state or federal law enforcement agencies for safety and/or criminal investigative purposes.