Student Rights Under FERPA
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA) restricts the ability of Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology from releasing student information (including financial and academic records) to anyone who has not been authorized by the student. This means that a student must first authorize their parent or any other party to speak with college personnel about non-medical issues relating to their attendance at Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology, BEFORE we can speak with them.
FERPA also affords students the following rights with respect to their education records.
- The right to inspect and review your education records within 45 days of the day the College receives a request for access.
- The right to request the amendment of your education records that you believe may be inaccurate, misleading, or otherwise in violation of your privacy rights under FERPA.
- The right to provide written consent before the College discloses personally identifiable information from your education records, except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure without consent.
Additionally, Section 34 CFR § 99.31 of FERPA regulations gives exemption to FERPA’s general consent rule by allowing for disclosure of directory information. Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology defines “directory information” as information contained in educational records of a student that would not generally be considered harmful or an invasion of privacy if disclosed. This includes information such as name, address, telephone listing, email address, date and place of birth, participation in officially recognized activities and sports, dates of attendance, and photographs.