Parents & Families
FERPA (Family Educational Rights & Privacy Act of 1974), also known as the Buckley Amendment, affords students certain rights with respect to their education records. These rights include:
Students process behind the bagpipe band at graduation.
The college without consent of the student may disclose directory information to third parties unless the student has restricted the release of this information. FERPA defines directory information as “information contained in the education records of a student that would not generally be considered harmful or an invasion of privacy if disclosed.” At St. Andrews directory information may be used for publicity about academic awards, team online bios, equestrian competition results, choir and bagpipe and concert tour information, etc. Directory information also is used to create the campus student directory.
The college designates the following categories of student records information as directory information: student’s name, most recent educational institution attended, home/permanent address, status (full or part-time registration), local/residence hall address, degree received, primary student contact telephone number (the local/residence hall telephone number or personal cell number provided by student on the Residency/Commuter Contract), honors and awards received, official college e-mail address, participation in officially recognized activities, class standing/classification, dates of attendance, academic program (degree, major, minor), weight and height of athletic team members, date and place of birth, photograph.
Directory Information does not include personal information such as a student’s social security number, ethnicity, race, financial records, etc., which may not be released to a third party without the student’s permission or as authorized by law. A student may restrict all or certain parts of the directory information that may be released by indicating that desire on a form provided through the Office of Student Affairs in Belk Center. The student needs to be aware that by withholding all or parts of the directory information, he/she might miss school mailings and announcements, be excluded from the student directory, prevent third parties from verifying his/her enrollment or degree status, etc. If a student does not submit the form indicating his/her preference, it will be assumed that the student is aware the College may release the directory information to third parties and that the student does not want to restrict the release of the directory information.