The Family Educational Rights & Privacy Act (FERPA) of 1974, also known as the Buckley Amendment, is a federal law that protects the privacy of student education records. Schools must have written permission from the student in order to release any information from a student’s record. However, FERPA allows schools to disclose those records, without consent, to the following parties or under the following conditions (34 CFR § 99.31):
According to this law, Cowley is NOT allowed to release information to parties such as family members, employers, etc. If a student wishes to authorize the release of information such as educational,financial aid, or billing information to third parties not covered under this law, a Release of Information Form must be signed by the student and kept on file in the Registrar’s Office. A written Release of Information Form will be valid forever unless revoked. According to this law, schools MAY DISCLOSE WITHOUT CONSENT the following directory information about students:
If you object to the disclosure of any of the directory information listed above, you may notify the Registrar’s Office, in writing, of the items that should not be released without your consent. A student must submit notification within the first three (3) weeks of a semester. Please be aware that if a student chooses to block disclosure of this information, the college will not release this information to ANY party, including the National Student Loan Clearinghouse. If you are a dependent student under 18 years of age, parents will have access to your educational record. The college will assume you are a dependent if parents provide a written statement and verification that you are listed as a dependent on their federal income tax forms. A student has the right to file a complaint if the college fails to comply with the requirements of this law. A copy of the college’s policy may be obtained from the Registrar’s Office. If Cowley closes, access to academic and financial records will be kept on file with the Kansas Board of Regents. The college will assist current students in researching and locating an institution that meets their academic progress needs.
In addition to the above stated policies the following general provision shall apply: