Student Communications: Students’ Right to Privacy/FERPA

Student Communications: Students’ Right to Privacy/FERPA

STUDENT COMMUNICATIONS

There are several methods for communicating items of interest and importance on campus. The most popular forms of communication used by DACC administrators, faculty, and staff include the following: Jaguar Spot/Student Online Services, electronic message boards; DACC email accounts; the DACC website (www.dacc.edu); the Emergency Text/Email Messaging system; Blackboard; the College marquee located at the front entrance of DACC; Facebook; and Twitter. Students should make it a habit to check these sites regularly.

Students who have information they would like to post should bring the material to the Information Office (in Vermilion Hall) to obtain the approval to post. All printed materials must have approval of the Information Office (Vermilion Hall) prior to distribution on campus. It should be clearly understood that printed materials distributed by persons or parties on the DACC campus reflect their opinion and not necessarily those of the College. Any false facts, slanderous or libelous statements contained in such printed matter are the sole legal responsibility of the individual writer(s) or editor(s) of the publication, and they are directly answerable for the contents of such printed matter, should the contents be challenged.

STUDENT’S RIGHT TO PRIVACY (FERPA)

Release of Information About Students

DACC maintains compliance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) of 1974 (Public Law 93-380). The law provides the student access to official records directly related to the student. It also provides the student with the opportunity for a hearing to challenge such records on the grounds that they are inaccurate, misleading, or otherwise inappropriate. Students who wish to review their official college records should contact the Admissions & Records Office in Vermilion Hall.

Directory Information

The College is authorized under FERPA to release public directory information concerning students without prior consent of the student. Directory information includes the following:

Name; address; telephone numbers; email address; major field of study; participation in officially recognized activities and sports; weight and height (if member of athletic team); dates of attendance; enrollment status (full- or part-time, hours enrolled in or completed); degrees, certificates, honors received or anticipated; (parents’ names and home town (in connection with publicity on sports achievements, degrees, and awards received); previous educational agencies or institutions attended; and photograph.

Directory information is subject to release by the College at any time unless the Admissions & Records Office has received prior written request from the student specifying the information not to be released. The College is also authorized to provide access to student records to DACC officials and employees who have legitimate educational interest. These are persons who have responsibilities in the College’s academic, administrative, or service functions. If a student is completing courses through Dual Credit/College Express programs, high school administrators and guidance counselors will also have access to student records under the FERPA guideline of legitimate educational interest.

For complete information contact the Director of Admissions and Records/Registrar in Vermilion Hall or at (217) 443-8803.

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