Security of Student Information
Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, as amended (“FERPA”), sets out requirements designed to afford students certain rights with respect to their education records. In addition, it puts limits on what information MediaTech Institute may disclose to third parties without receiving prior written consent from the student. Students have the right under FERPA to inspect and review their education records. A student who wishes to inspect and review their records should submit a written request to the Campus Director. The request should identify as precisely as possible the records the student wishes to inspect. If the requested records are subject to inspection and review by the student, arrangements for access will be made within a reasonable period of time (not to exceed 45 days after the request was made). The student will be notified of the time and place where the records may be inspected. The school will require the presence of a school official during the inspection and review of a student’s records. Certain limitations exist on a student’s right to inspect and review their own education records. Also, it should be noted that the term “education record” does not include certain types of records.
MediaTech Institute generally will not permit disclosure of personally identifiable information from the records of a student without prior written consent of the student, although there are some circumstances under which personally identifiable information may be disclosed from the records of a student without that student’s prior written consent. Such disclosures may be made to school officials who have legitimate educational interests in the records.
MediaTech Institute will maintain a record indicating the parties who have requested or obtained personally identifiable information from a student’s education records and the legitimate interests those parties had in requesting or obtaining the information. This record may be inspected by the student. Exceptions include those requests made by the student themselves, those disclosures made with the written consent of the student, or requests by or disclosures to MediaTech Institute officials with legitimate educational interests, and disclosures of directory information, or other exceptions described in the regulations, Directory information is personally identifiable information which may be disclosed without the student’s consent. However, MediaTech Institute grants requests for students who wish to keep their information confidential. Nondisclosure requests should be made to the Campus Director.
Students have the right under FERPA to ask to have records corrected which they believe are inaccurate, misleading or in violation of their privacy rights. The procedures for requesting amendment to a record would be for the student to request the Campus Director for amendment of the record, including specifically which part of the record they want to have changed, and why they believe it to be inaccurate, misleading or in violation of their privacy rights. MediaTech Institute may either amend the record or decide that such amendment is not warranted, in which case it will notify the student of its decision and advise the student of the right to a hearing to challenge the decision.
MediaTech Institute provides students with annual notice of their rights to review their educational records, to request amendments of records, and to request nondisclosure of student directory information. A student has the right to file a complaint with the United States Department of Education concerning alleged failures by MediaTech Institute to comply with the requirements of FERPA. The name and address of the governmental office that administers FERPA is: Family Policy Compliance Office United States, Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, DC 20202- 4605.