FERPA - Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA) gives students certain rights with respect to their education records. These rights include:
- The right to inspect and review the student's education records within 45 days of the day SUNY Delhi receives a request for access. Students should submit to the Registrar's Office a written request that identifies the record(s) they wish to inspect. The Registrar will make arrangements for access and notify the student of the time and place where the records may be inspected. If the records are not maintained by the Registrar, that official shall advise the student of the correct official to whom the request should be addressed.
- The right to request the amendment of the student's education records (not including grades) that the student believes is inaccurate. Students may ask SUNY Delhi to amend a record that they believe is inaccurate. They should write the SUNY Delhi official responsible for the record, clearly identify the part of the record they want changed, and specify why it is inaccurate. If SUNY Delhi decides not to amend the record as requested by the student, SUNY Delhi 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.
- 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. The list of items considered 'directory information,' and available
without the student's consent, can be found in the Registrar's Office, 124 Bush Hall.
One exception, which permits disclosure without consent, is disclosure to school officials with legitimate educational interests. A school official is a person employed by SUNY Delhi in an administrative, supervisory, academic or research, or support staff position (including law enforcement unit personnel and health staff); a person or company with whom the University 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 education record in order to fulfill his or her professional responsibility. Upon request, SUNY Delhi discloses education records without consent to officials of another school in which a student seeks or intends to enroll. FERPA requires SUNY Delhi to make a reasonable attempt to notify the student of the records request unless the institution states in its annual notification that it intends to forward records on request.
- The right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged
failures by State University 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 20202-5920
Directory information at SUNY Delhi is (effective January 1, 2015):
- Full Name
- Campus Mailbox Address
- Local Telephone Number
- Local Address
- Permanent Address
- Major Division
- Dates of attendance
- Date(s) of graduation
- Degree(s) awarded
- Full-time/part-time status
- Date of birth
For intercollegiate athletes, directory information will also include participation in officially recognized activities and sports, weight, and height.