Educational Rights

The Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) was implemented in 1974 as a federal law to protect the privacy of student education records. FERPA also gives students the right to review their education records, seek to amend inaccurate information in their records, and provide consent for the disclosure of their records. This law applies to all schools that receive funds under an applicable program of the U.S. Department of Education.

 

According to FERPA (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act), NOBTS & Leavell College ensures proper processing of students’ personally identifiable information (PII). No individual without legitimate official educational or legal interests may access a student’s PII without prior written consent from the student. In regard to his or her personally identifiable information, the student retains the following rights:

  1. The Student has the right to review his or her academic records by contacting the Registrar’s Office (registrar@nobts.edu). The student may also request to amend the record if he or she believes the information is inaccurate, misleading, or violates the student’s rights.
  2. If the initial request for amendment is denied by the Registrar’s Office, the student has the right to appeal the decision with the Dean of Students Office (dos@nobts.edu).
  3. The student will maintain the right to be contacted and requested in order to disclose his or her records.

Students wishing to request that specific third-parties have access to their account information may complete the appropriate selection in their student portal. This serves as a waiver of the student’s rights under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) for the specified third-parties.

NOBTS & Leavell College retains the right to disclose certain information, designated as directory information, without prior consent from the student. The following pieces of information have been designated as directory information: 

  1. Student Name
  2. Date of Birth
  3. Address
  4. Dates of Attendance
  5. Degrees and Program of Study pursued/conferred
  6. Participation in Campuses organizations and Intramurals
  7. Graduation Status
A student may opt out of disclosure for directory information through the “My FERPA” section of the student portal. Making changes in the student’s portal will require the school to get student consent to disclose any directory information except in cases of official educational or legal interest.
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