In compliance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA), John Wood Community College protects the privacy of educational records of all students. No personally identifiable information, other than Directory Information as designated in the college catalog, will be disclosed outside the college without prior written consent of the student. Currently enrolled students may request, through the dean of enrollment services, that the college withhold disclosure of any category of information under FERPA. The college does reserve the right to disclose protected educational record information to college officials with legitimate education interests upon approval of the dean of enrollment services.
All students have the right to inspect the information contained in their own educational records and to formally challenge the contents of those records. Copies of the college’s official FERPA policy are available from Enrollment Services. Also, in accordance with the Privacy Act of 1974, students are advised that the requested disclosure of the social security number as the student identification number is voluntary.
Student Right to Privacy Information FERPA:
JWCC student records are considered to be confidential information and their release is governed by the Family Educational Rights & Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA). Specific information about student rights under FERPA can be found in the “Statement of Confidentiality and Privacy Rights of Students in Education Records” section of the JWCC catalog (link to page).
JWCC directory information under FERPA includes the students name; address; telephone number; date and place of birth; major field of study; participation in officially recognized activities and sports; weight and height of members of athletic teams; dates of attendance; degrees and awards received (including scholarships) and the most recent previous educational agency or institution attended by the student.
Students must submit a formal written request to the college registrar to withhold JWCC directory information from public release.
Release of confidential (non-directory) information:
Students may authorize the college to release confidential information to a 3rd party. Such a request must be made in writing and include the student’s signature. The attached Third Party Release Form may be used for that purpose (link to form).