FERPA: Your Right to Privacy

FERPA - FAMILY EDUCATIONAL RIGHTS AND PRIVACY ACT

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA) affords students certain rights with respect to their education records. They are:
  
1. The right to inspect and review the student's education records within 45 days of the day the University receives a request for access. Students should submit to the registrar written requests that identify the record(s) they wish to inspect. The College Registrar will make arrangements for access and notify the student of the time and place where the records may be inspected.

2. The right to request the amendment of the student's education records that the student believes is inaccurate, misleading, or otherwise in violation of the student's privacy rights. Students may ask the College to amend a record that they believe is inaccurate or identify the part of the record they want changed, and specify why it is inaccurate or misleading. If the institution 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 procedures will be provided to the student when notified of the right to a hearing.

3. 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. There are several exceptions to releasing information without a student’s written approval. A College official has a legitimate educational interest if the official needs to review an educational record in order to fulfill his or her professional responsibility; other schools to which a student is transferring, specified officials for audit or evaluation purposes; appropriate parties in connection with financial aid to a student; organizations conducting certain studies for or on behalf of the school; accrediting organizations; to comply with a judicial order or lawfully issued subpoena; appropriate officials in cases of health and safety emergencies; and state and local authorities, within a juvenile justice system, pursuant to specific State law. Manhattan College has designated the National Student Clearinghouse as a College official.

4. The right of nondisclosure of designated directory information. Manhattan College has designated the following items as directory information that may be released to the public without the student's consent: student’s name, address, telephone numbers, e-mail address, current major program, number of credit hours enrolled, grade level, degrees, honors and awards received, participation in officially recognized activities and sports, photographs, participation in clubs and activities, weight and height of members of athletic teams, dates of attendance, date and place of birth, degrees and awards received from the institution the most recent previous educational agency or institution attended by the student; and expected graduation date.

5. The College uses extreme discretion in releasing any student information to an outside source. While MC is legally entitled to release Directory Information, it generally does not disclose more than deemed necessary. The College uses extreme discretion in releasing any student information to an outside source. While MC is legally entitled to release Directory Information, it generally does not disclose more than deemed necessary. The following items are defined as Personally Identifiable Information and can never be disclosed by the College. The student’s name; the name of the student’s parent or other family member; the address of the student or student’s family; a personal identifier, such as the student’s social security number of student ID number; a list of personal characteristics that would make the student’s identity easily traceable; or other information that would make the student’s identity easily traceable.

You have the right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures by Manhattan College to comply with the requirements of FERPA at: Family Policy Compliance Office, U.S. Department of Education 600 Independence Avenue, S.W. Washington, D.C. 20202-4605.