The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) affords students certain rights with respect to their education records.
Students may ask the college to amend a record that they believe is inaccurate or misleading. They should write the College official responsible for the record, clearly identify the part of the record they want changed, and specify why it is inaccurate or misleading.
If the College decides not to amend the record as requested by
the student, the College will notify the student of the decision
and advise the student of his or her right to a hearing regarding
the request for amendment. Additional information regarding the
hearing procedures will be provided to the student when notified
of the right to a hearing.
One exception which permits disclosure without consent is disclosure to school officials with legitimate educational interests. A school official is a person employed by Southwest Virginia Community College in an administrative, supervisory, academic or research, or support staff position; a person or company with whom the College has contracted (such as an attorney, auditor, or collection agent); a person serving on the Southwest Virginia Community College Board; or a student serving on an official committee, such as a disciplinary or grievance committee, or assisting another school official in performing his or her tasks.
A school official has a legitimate educational interest if the official needs to review an education record in order to fulfill his or her professional responsibility.
Upon request, the College discloses education records without
consent to officials of another school in which a student seeks or
intends to enroll.
Family Policy Compliance Office
U.S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20202-4605