The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (commonly referred to as the “Buckley Amendment” or “FERPA”) is designed to protect the confidentiality of the records that educational institutions maintain on their students and to give students access to their records to assure the accuracy of their contents. The ACT affords you certain rights with respect to your education records. They are:
1. Access to Education Records: the right to inspect and review your education records within 45 days of the day the College receives a written request for access, anytime after your enrollment at the institution.
2. Request for Amendment of Education Records: the right to request amendment of your education records if you believe they are inaccurate or misleading.
3. Disclosure of Education Records: the right to consent to disclosures of personally identifiable information in your education records, except to the extent that the ACT or any superseding law authorizes disclosure without your consent.
4. Compliance: the right to contact the Family Policy Compliance Office with a complaint concerning the College’s compliance with the requirements of the Buckley Amendment. For more information, contact the College Registrar.
North Central Missouri College uses the following definitions in this policy.
Education records: any record maintained by the College directly related to a student, with the following exceptions:
- Records made by College employees which are kept in the sole possession of the maker, are used only as a personal memory aid, and are not accessible or revealed to any other person except a temporary substitute for the maker of the record;
- Employment records unless the employment is contingent on the fact that the employee is a student;
- Records maintained by the College solely for law enforcement purposes;
- Records made, maintained and used by professionals or paraprofessionals (e.g., physician, psychiatrist, psychologist, or counselor) only in connection with treatment of a student, and disclosed only to individuals providing the treatment. Such health records may be reviewed by a physician or other appropriate professional of the student’s choice;
- Alumni records containing information about individuals after they are no longer students at the College.
Legitimate educational interest: A school official has a legitimate educational interest when the official needs to review an education record in order to fulfill his or her responsibility on behalf of the College, such as when the official is performing a task that is specific in his or her job description or by a contract agreement or other official appointment; performing a task related to a student’s education; performing a task related to the discipline of a student; or providing a service or benefit relating to the student or student’s family, such as health care, counseling , job placement, or financial aid.
School official: a person employed by the College in an administrative, supervisory, academic, research, or support staff position; individuals or entities with whom the College has contracted (e.g., an attorney or auditor, the State Council on Higher Education, the National Student Clearinghouse); individuals serving on the Board of Trustees; and students conducting College business (e.g., serving on official committees, working for the College, or assisting another school official in performing his or her tasks).
Student: for the purpose of administering FERPA regulations, an individual who is enrolled in a course for college credit and whose attendance has been confirmed.
Types, Locations and Custodians of Education Records: The following is a list of the types of education records that North Central Missouri College maintains, their locations, and their custodians, with an e-mail link to each:
Access to Education Records
You have the right to inspect and review your education records within 45 days of the day the College receives a written request for access, anytime after your matriculation. You should submit your written request, identifying as precisely as possible the record(s) you wish to review, to the College Registrar, Dean or other appropriate official records custodian. The College official will make arrangements for your review of the education records, or will advise you of the correct official to whom the request should be addressed. If you wish to have photocopies of all or a portion of your education records, for those items to which you have not waived your right of access, they will be provided at a cost of $.50 per copy.
Waivers: If you use the services of our career placement office in an effort to secure employment, waivers may be requested regarding your transcript, resume, and letters of recommendation on file with the office.
Records not open to student review: In accordance with federal regulations, students do not have the right to review the following records:
- The financial records of the student’s parents or guardian;
- Records connected with an application to attend North Central Missouri College if that application was denied;
- Education records containing information about more than one student, in which case the College will permit access only to that part of the record which pertains to the inquiring student
- Those records which are excluded from the FERPA definition of education records
Right of the College to refuse to provide copies: North Central Missouri College reserves the right to deny copies if the transcripts or other records are not required to be made available under FERPA, if the student has an overdue financial obligation to the College or if there is an unresolved disciplinary action against the student.
Fee for copies of records: Academic transcripts must be requested in writing by the student whose record it is and the transcript fee must be paid. The fee for copies of other education records, whether in response to student-authorized requests or other requests allowed by law, is $.50 per copy.
Request for Amendment of Education Records
You have the right to request amendment of your education records if you believe they are inaccurate or misleading. Write the college official responsible for the specific record, clearly identifying the part of the record you want changed, and specify why it is inaccurate or misleading. There is a separate process for grade appeals outlined in the NCMC college catalog.
The college official will reach a decision and inform you in a reasonable amount of time after receiving the request. If your request to amend the record is denied, you have the right to make a written request for a hearing. Hearings will be conducted by the Academic Standards Committee or a committee appointed by the Dean of Student Services. The committee chairperson will notify you, reasonably in advance, of the date, place and time of the hearing should it be necessary.
If the hearing committee rules in favor of the amendment, the education record will be amended accordingly and you will be so informed. If the request for amendment is denied, you will have the opportunity to place with the education record a statement commenting on the information in the record or a statement setting forth any reason for disagreeing with the outcome of the hearing. This statement will be maintained as part of the education record as long as the contested portion is maintained, and whenever a copy of the education record is sent to any party, your statement will be included.
Destruction of Records: Nothing in this policy requires the continued maintenance of any student record for any particular length of time. However, if under the terms of this policy you have requested access to your education record, the record will not be destroyed before the custodian has granted you access.
Disclosure of Education Records
You have the right to consent to disclosures of personally identifiable information in your education records, except to the extent that FERPA or any superseding law authorizes disclosure without your consent. Other than directory information (as defined in the NCMC college catalog), North Central Missouri College will disclose student education records only with the written consent of the student, except in certain situations where the College retains discretion under FERPA to disclose such records without consent, including the following:
1. to school officials who have a legitimate educational interest in the records.
A school official is:
1. a person employed by the College in an administrative, supervisory, academic, research, or support staff position;
2. individuals or entities with whom the College has contracted (e.g., an attorney or auditor, the State Department of Higher Education, the National Student Clearinghouse);
3. individuals serving on the Board of Trustees; and
4. students conducting College business (e.g., serving on official committees, working for the College, or assisting a school official in performing his or her tasks).
A school official has a legitimate educational interest when the official needs to review an education record in order to fulfill his or her responsibility on behalf of the College such as when the official is:
1. performing a task that is specific in his or her job description or by a contract agreement or other official appointment;
2. performing a task related to a student’s education;
3. performing a task related to the discipline of a student; or
4. providing a service or benefit relating to the student or student’s family, such as health care, counseling, job placement, or financial aid.
2. to authorized officials of the following entities, in connection with federal- or state-supported education programs; the U.S. Department of Education; the U.S. Comptroller General; the U.S. Attorney General; or state and local educational authorities.
3. in connection with a student’s request for or receipt of financial aid, including determining the eligibility, amount or conditions of the financial aid or enforcing the terms and conditions of the aid.
4. when required by state law.
5. to state and local authorities to whom such information is specifically allowed to be reported or disclosed under state law in connection with the juvenile justice system.
6. to organizations conducting certain studies for educational purposes for or on behalf of the College.
7. to accrediting organizations, including individuals on visiting committees, if necessary to carry out their functions.
8. to comply with a judicial order or a lawfully issued subpoena, provided to College makes a reasonable attempt to notify you in advance of compliance (except in certain cases involving grand jury subpoenas) or, when the College is involved in a legal action with a parent or student, where disclosure is to the court, without a court order or subpoena, and is relevant for the College to proceed as plaintiff or to defend itself.
9. to appropriate parties in a health or safety emergency.
10. to organizations conducting studies for or on behalf of educational institutions.
11. to accrediting organizations (for accrediting purposes).
12. to parents/legal guardians when their children (under age 21) are found to have violated the alcohol or drug policy of the institution (Warner Amendment).
Parental Requests: FERPA assigns rights to students once they reach 18 years of age or enroll at a postsecondary institution. A written release from the student is required or, for those dependent students under age 21, parents may provide documentation that their child is a dependent student (as defined by IRS code of 1986) and sign for them. The same guidelines apply for students dually enrolled in high school and NCMC.
Spousal Requests: FERPA privacy and disclosure rights are assigned to the student. The spouse cannot authorize release of non-directory information contained in the student’s education records.
Deceased Students: NCMC will not release educational record information of deceased students for 25 years after their death unless authorized by the executor/executrix of the deceased student’s estate (or parents or next of kin if no executor/executrix has been appointed). Proof of death and relationship to the deceased may be required if not already recorded in the institution’s data files.
Release to a Third Party: NCMC does not release educational records from other institutions to third parties. Students are directed to contact the originating institution for copies. Transcripts submitted to NCMC for admission and enrollment will not be returned to the student should their enrollment status change.
Educational Institution Requests: Requests for release of student academic records by other educational institutions will not be processed without a signed release and transcript fee from the student.
FERPA requires a student’s written permission and signature to release academic records. NCMC requires that the fee accompany the request. E-mail requests will not be honored.
Transcript requests are processed twice weekly by the Registrar’s Office. They are not available on a walk-in basis. Students must provide written instructions, signature, student ID number or social security number and transcript fee before requests will be filled. The options for methods to request transcripts are available on the Alumni or Current Student tab of the NCMC website.
Current students may print unofficial copies of their transcripts through their online student account.
Official transcripts are signed by the Registrar and marked with the college seal. They are sent directly to other educational institutions, lending agencies or employers. Occasionally, official transcripts are provided to the student in sealed envelopes marked “Official Transcript Issued to Student”. Students must sign a release form and provide receiving name and address for each transcript. A charge for each transcript applies.
Compliance with FERPA
Information about the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act may be obtained in the office of the College Registrar or students may contact the Family Policy Compliance Office, U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington, DC 20202-4605.