Privacy of Records (FERPA)

As a student, you have certain rights under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA) concerning your school records. This law permits the College to release “directory” information about students without student consent.

Western defines directory information as:

  • Name
  • City
  • State
  • 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)

You can withhold directory information by submitting a Request to Withhold Directory Information Form to the Welcome Center. This request is valid until it is revoked in writing.

You have the right to inspect and review your records. All requests will be responded to within 45 days. Contact the Welcome Center.

Upon request, the College may disclose education records without consent to officials of another school in which you intend to enroll.

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

If you would like additional information released to specific parties (e.g., information concerning you financial aid, tuition, or educational records released to your parents), a Release of Student Information Form should be submitted to the Welcome Center. This Release will be valid until it is revoked in writing.

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.