The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (“FERPA”) governs the privacy of student education records maintained by Bridgewater College. FERPA provides students access to their education records while also protecting their right to privacy, by limiting the transferability of records without the students’ consent. The following is a summary of the College’s FERPA policy and is intended to assist all members of the Bridgewater College community in understanding the provisions of FERPA as they apply to Bridgewater College. A complete and current statement of the College’s FERPA policy may be found on the College’s website at bridgewater.edu/ferpa.
FERPA affords eligible students certain rights with respect to their education records. An “eligible student” under FERPA is a student who is 18 years of age or older or who attends a postsecondary institution. These rights include:
FERPA permits the disclosure of personally identifiable information from students’ education records, without consent of the student, if the disclosure meets certain conditions found in
34 C.F.R. §99.31 of the FERPA regulations. Those conditions include, but are not limited to, the following:
The College has designated the following categories of student information as “Directory Information.” FERPA permits the disclosure of Directory Information at the College’s discretion, without prior written consent of the student.
The College may disclose any of this information at its discretion, without prior consent, unless the student notifies the registrar in writing that she or he does not wish to permit such disclosure. Requests for nondisclosure by the student are in effect from the date received in writing from the student until rescinded in writing by the student.