FAMILY EDUCATIONAL RIGHTS & PRIVACY ACT
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) of 1974, is a federal law that protects the privacy of students’ education records. FERPA affords eligible students certain rights with respect to their education records.
An “eligible student” under FERPA is a student who is 18 years of age or older or who attends a postsecondary institution at any age, therefore MCC considers an “eligible student” any student who is currently attending MCC or has attended the college. FERPA does not apply to MCC applicants who have been admitted, but who have not been in attendance.
MCC fully complies with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, as amended, in respecting the students’ specific, protected rights regarding the release of their education records:
The Family Policy Compliance Office U.S Department of Education
400 Marland Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20202
Students can give MCC permission to release their records (such as transcripts, verification letters, attendance records, student ledger, etc) to a 3rd party like parents, siblings, spouses, employer, certification agency, other college, etc. by filling out the FERPA form and submitting it to the Registrar's Office.
Directory information is defined by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA) as information contained in a student's education record "that would not generally be considered harmful or an invasion of privacy" if disclosed. Each institution has the right to define, within the limits of FERPA regulations, the data that it considers directory information.
MCC has designated the following information as directory information:
MCC may disclose appropriately designated "directory information" without student’s written consent unless the student requests in writing that it be kept confidential. MCC does not release lists of students or name‐and‐address labels to businesses or agencies that do not fall within the scope of the definition of “school official with legitimate educational interest” listed above.
Students who do not want their directory information to be released without their prior written consent must notify the College in writing within 30 days of the program start date listed on their Enrollment Agreement or within 30 days of receiving annual FERPA notification statement. MCC refers to this action as “FERPA Block.”
For any student, whose directory data is placed on “FERPA Block,” MCC will:
A student should carefully consider FERPA Block request since it could have undesired results. MCC will honor the student’s request to withhold directory information but cannot assume responsibility to contact the student for subsequent permission to release this information. Regardless of the effect upon the student, MCC assumes no liability because of honoring the student’s written instructions that directory information be withheld. FERPA Block status remains in effect until the student notifies the College in writing to remove it.