Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)
All student records of Long Beach City College are maintained in accordance with the provisions of the Family Rights and Privacy Act of 1974. Copies of the complete text of this act are available in the college library (see “Family Educational and Privacy Rights” in Shepherd’s Acts and Cases by Popular Names). The two basic elements of the act are the student’s right to review and challenge his/her record and the conditions under which information in the record can be released to outside parties.
- Students may request access to challenge the correctness or appropriateness of any part of the record. However, students are advised that grades, though a part of the record, are considered final as assigned by the instructor and can only be challenged on the basis of a clerical error, fraud, bad faith or incompetency.
- Student information, except for directory information as defined below, cannot be released by the college to any outside agency, except for those entitled to access under the act, without signed permission of the student. The student may further restrict the release of name and attendance verification by completing the appropriate form in the Admissions Office. In the absence of having this form on file, the college may release directory information to any person or agency. Directory information is defined as dates of attendance, degrees, certificates or awards received, verification of student participation in school activities and sports and weight and height of members of athletic teams.
- Parents may have access to records of their children but only if the children are still their dependents as evidenced by a claim of same on federal income tax returns. Parents desiring access to the records of a dependent child must present the full name, social security number and birth date of the child, their own personal identification, and a copy, that the college district may keep, of the current year’s federal income tax return indicating the child has been claimed as a dependent. Parents seeking to review records of a dependent child during the early months of the year must be able to demonstrate that they have already filed for the year even though the filing deadline isn’t until April 15th.
- By law, notwithstanding any of the above, all student records must be released under court order. The student will be notified by mail to the last address on file with any such access, and the student shall have the right to request a copy of any information released in this manner.