Family Educational Rights & Privacy Act (FERPA)
Maintaining confidentiality of student records
is everyone's responsibility.
Annually, Housatonic Community College informs students
of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, as amended by
publishing the information in the College Catalog and the Student Handbook.
This Act (Formerly known as the Buckley Amendment), which the institution
intends to comply with fully, has been designated to protect the privacy
of educational records. The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)
affords students certain rights with respect to their education records.
The following is considered "Directory Information" by
the Connecticut Community College System. College policy precludes releasing
this information publicly except as needed under the "legitimate
educational interest" in the performance of assigned duties. Students
who want this information to be confidential must notify the Registrar
in writing within the first 2 weeks of the semester. Forms are available
- Student's Name
- Dates of Attendance (semesters)
- Full vs. Part-Time Status
- Awards, Honors, and Graduation Date
All other information is considered non-directory information
and, with some exceptions, requires the written consent of the student
for the release of information to any third party.