The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) is a federal law that protects the privacy of student education records. The law applies to all schools that receive funds under an applicable program of the U.S. Department of Education.

FERPA provides these rights:

  1. Students have the right to inspect and review their education records within 45 days of the day Goodwin College receives a request for access.
  2. Students have the right to request that a school correct records which they believe to be inaccurate. They should write to the Provost and Dean of Faculty, identify the part of the record they want changed, and specify why it is misleading.

If Goodwin 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/her right to a hearing regarding the request for amendment.

Generally, colleges must have written permission from the student in order to release any information from a student’s education record. However, FERPA allows colleges to disclose records, without consent, to college officials who have legitimate educational interest.

In addition, colleges may disclose without consent “directory” information such as a student’s name, address, telephone number, date, and place of birth, major field of study, degrees earned, honors and awards, and dates of attendance. Students may request to restrict the release of directory information by filing a "Request to Restrict" form in the Registrar's Office. Students who wish to have information shared with parents, legal guardians, and/or significant others must file a "Permission to Release" form in the Registrar's Office. Goodwin College notifies students annually of their rights under FERPA.

Students have the right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures by Goodwin 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 Ave., SW

Washington, DC 20202-5920

(800) 872-5327