St. Charles Community College, like all public colleges and universities, is subject to the provisions of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), also known as the Buckley Amendment. FERPA is a Federal law that protects the privacy of student education records.
Per FERPA regulations, when the student enrolls at a college or university, these rights transfer directly to the student and away from the parent. College students are considered responsible adults and are allowed to determine who will receive information about them. The student is the only person who can authorize access to his/her records. Parents do not have the right to access their student’s records without the student’s signed written consent. Records may be disclosed to any SCC employee who has a legitimate educational interest in the student. Determination of such a disclosure will be made by the dean of enrollment services.
St. Charles Community College considers the following to be a student's directory information (information that can be released to a third party without the consent of a student):
The Privacy Act of 1974 does not permit the college to provide information regarding grades, transcripts or schedules to parents of students. Regardless of the student's age.
Any student who does not want any or all of the above information to be released without his or her prior written consent must inform the Enrollment Services Department before the end of the second week of classes of a regular term (by the end of the first week of classes of a summer term). The information listed above will become directory information or public information as of the specified time.
Forms to request the withholding of directory information will be available during registration. The request to withhold directory information must be renewed each semester or term.
Names and addresses of SCC graduates and currently enrolled students will be released to four-year institutions upon request of the institution.
In compliance with FERPA, students have the right to inspect official records directly relating to them. You have the right to challenge any statement that you consider inaccurate, misleading or inappropriate.
If you wish to examine your official records, you may do so by applying to the registrar.
Records may be released to parents only if the SCC Enrollment Services Department has been provided with a written release by the student. Financial or Registration Release forms may be found online or picked up in ADM 1113.
The college may disclose records without student consent to the following parties:
The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) sets standards to protect the confidentiality of health information. However, the HIPAA Privacy Rule excludes from its coverage those records protected by FERPA at school districts and postsecondary institutions that provide health or medical services to students. This is because Congress specifically addressed how education records should be protected under FERPA. For this reason, records protected by FERPA are not subject to the HIPAA Privacy Rule and may be shared with parents under the circumstances described here.
The ADA and Accessibility Office obtains and maintains health records for each student who applies for services, so the receipt and maintenance of health records is well established. In addition, if a financial aid recipient is unable to maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) due to medical reasons, the Financial Aid Office may request documentation of the medical condition through the SAP Appeal process. This information will be reviewed by an exclusive SAP Appeal committee and then maintained in the student's financial aid file for safe-keeping.
See also http://www.hhs.gov/ocr/privacy/hipaa/understanding/coveredentities/hipaaferpajointguide.pdf for joint guidance on FERPA and HIPAA, and for more information on HIPAA, see the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services website: www.hhs.gov/ocr/hipaa/. HIPAA regulations are published as 45 CFR Parts 160, 162, and 164.
As required by the Gramm-Leach-Bliley (GLB) Act issued by the Federal Trade Commission, SCC has safeguards in place designed to ensure the security and confidentiality of student information, protect against any anticipated threats or hazards to the security or integrity of such information, and protect against unauthorized access to or use of such information that could result in substantial harm or inconvenience to any student.
Contact the dean of enrollment services at 636-922-8237 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The U.S. Department of Education is responsible for overseeing FERPA.