Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA) affords students certain rights with respect to their education records. These rights are listed here.

  1. The right to inspect and review the student's education records within 45 days of the day the College receives a request for access. Students should submit to the Director of Admissions and Records a written request that identifies the record(s) they wish to inspect. The Director of Admissions and Records will make arrangements for access and notify the student of the time and place where the records may be inspected.
  1. The right to request the amendment of the student's education records that the student believes are inaccurate or misleading. Students may ask the College to amend a record that they believe is inaccurate or misleading. They should write the Director of Admissions and Records, clearly identifying the part of the record they want changed, and specify why it is inaccurate or misleading.If the College decides not to amend the record as requested by the student, the College will notify the student of the decision and advise the student of his or her right to a hearing regarding the request for amendment. Additional information regarding the hearing procedure will be provided to the student when notified of the right to a hearing.
  1. 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. One exception that permits disclosure without consent is disclosure to school officials with legitimate educational interests. A school official is a person employed by the College in an administrative, supervisory, academic, research, or support staff position (including law enforcement personnel); a person or company with whom the College has contracted (such as an attorney, auditor, or collection agent); a person serving on the Board of Trustees; or a student serving on an official committee such as a disciplinary or grievance committee, or assisting another school official in performing his or her tasks. A school official has a legitimate educational interest if the official needs to review an educational record in order to fulfill his or her professional responsibility. Upon request, the College discloses education records without consent to officials of another school in which a student seeks or intends to enroll.
  1. The right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures by Georgia Perimeter 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

Annual Notice of Directory Information Contents

Directory information is information not generally considered harmful or an invasion of privacy if disclosed.  Georgia Perimeter College considers the following information to be directory information: 

  • Name, address, and telephone listing
  • Major field of study
  • Dates of attendance
  • Degrees and awards received
  • Full or part-time status

Directory information cannot include student identification numbers or social security numbers.  

The College may disclose any of these items without prior written consent, unless the student has submitted a written request to the College not to release directory information pertaining to him or her.  Students who do not wish to have directory information released by the College should complete and submit a Request to Prevent Disclosure of Directory Information form at the campus Enrollment and Registration Services Office.

Additional information regarding FERPA is available on the U.S. Department of Education website at www.ed.gov