FERPA

Students must provide written authorization to the Registrar from the College to release personally-identifiable information, other than Directory Information, to third parties, including parents/guardians, from Education Records it maintains. 

FERPA Student Release Form- Directory Information

For students who wish to allow their parents/guardian access to their financial information, they must file a FERPA form at the Bursar's Office.

Sussex County Community College adheres to and annually informs students of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, as amended. This act was designated to protect the privacy of educational records. Under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), students have certain rights with respect to their education records. They are:

  1. The right to inspect and review the student’s education records within 45 days of the college receiving a request for access.Students should submit to the Registrar written requests that identify the record(s) they wish to inspect. The Registrar will make arrangements for access and notify the student of the time and place where the records may be inspected. If the records are not maintained by the Registrar, that official shall advise the student of the correct official to whom the request should be addressed.
  2. The right to request the amendment of the student’s education records where the student believes the record is inaccurate or misleading. Students should write the college official responsible for the record, clearly identify the part of the record they want changed, and specify why it is inaccurate or misleading. If the college decides not to amend the record as requested by the student, the college will notify the student of the decision and advise the student of his or her right regarding the request of the amendment.
  3. The right to consent to disclosures of personally identifiable information contained in the student’s education records, except to the extent FERPA authorizes disclosure without consent. One exception which permits disclosure without consent is disclosure to school officials with legitimate educational interests. A school official is a person employed by the college in an administrative, supervisory, academic, research or support staff position (including law enforcement unit personnel), or a person or company with whom the college has contracted (such as an attorney, auditor or collection agent). A school official has a legitimate educational interest if the official needs to review an education record to fulfill his or her professional responsibility.
  4. The right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures by the college to comply with the requirements of FERPA. The name and address of the office that administers FERPA is:

Family Policy Compliance Office
U.S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Avenue SW
Washington, DC 20202-4605

Directory Information

  • Student name
  • Sussex email address
  • Field of study
  • Participation in officially recognized activities and sports
  • Weight and height of athletic team members
  • Dates of attendance
  • Degrees and awards received
  • Enrollment status

For Students who want their directory information withheld must notify the Registrar in writing within the first two weeks of the Fall or Spring Semester. Upon receiving this written request, directory information will not be released without the student’s consent.