The rights and responsibilities of students, faculty and administration are clearly set out in two federal acts: The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA); and the Federal Student Right to Know Act of 1990.
FERPA assures protection of student data and assures access to individual student data by the individuals for whom it is being kept. With the first billing, the colleges send out an affidavit for parents to execute that attests to the dependence of their son or daughter. Unless, at some subsequent point we receive a written statement to the contrary, then we honor that affidavit during the duration of the student's enrollment. The effect of this affidavit is to allow the colleges to provide information to parents about their dependent children's progress.
The Student Right to Know Act is entirely different. It provides information to students, parents and the general public about such topics as graduation rates and campus crime rates that will enable them to make informed decisions about the colleges. Such information is routinely published in a variety of sources, including the student newspapers and the local and regional press.
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