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The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)
Cogswell College complies with the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) regulations (also known as the Buckley Amendment (1974)). This act gives eligible students certain rights to their education records. These rights include:
The name and address of the Office of Education that administers FERPA:
Family Policy Compliance Office
U.S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20202-5901
The Buckley Amendment grants the College the authority to release directory information to any person on request, unless a student requests in writing that directory information be kept as private. The College directory information will be disclosed at the College’s discretion. The College regards the following as directory information:
It is important that parents/eligible students have the opportunity to make informed decisions about the use of their student's directory information. However, there are times when schools must be allowed to implement policies that will permit them to effectively protect their students. As such, the Department of Education has also changed the directory information exception to state that parents may not, by opting out of directory information, prevent a school from requiring a student to wear or present a student ID badge.
A copy of the Family Education Rights may be requested from the College or viewed at the following website http://www2.ed.gov/policy/gen/guid/fpco/ferpa/index.html
In order to comply with FERPA regulations, Cogswell College does not release personal identifying information to outside parties without written student consent.