Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) affords student certain rights with respect to their education records, including the right to inspect their education records, request an amendment of the records that the student believes are inaccurate, and the right to control disclosures of their records without consent.

One of the exceptions permitted by FERPA is the release of Directory Information to parties outside the institution. Directory Information is defined as information which would not generally be considered harmful or an invasion of privacy if disclosed. The following Directory Information may be released without student signature of approval:

  • Student's name
  • Student's address
  • Electronic email address
  • Telephone number
  • Dates of attendance
  • Degrees awarded
  • Photograph

Note: Students may withhold Directory Information by notifying Student Records in writing. Students who are designated as "Confidential" in NWACC student information system do not want their directory information released to third parties. You should not acknowledge that such students are attending NWACC without the student's written permission to do so.

In most instances all other student educational record information may not be released without written consent of the student, other than to school officials with a "need to know."

This includes grades, social security numbers, ethnicity, ID number, academic progress, or any other non-directory information.

If you have questions about FERPA and information which may be released, please contact Brooke Holt.