Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) is a Federal law that protects the privacy of student education records. The law allows students the right to:

  • Review their records.
  • Have their records amended.
  • Privacy of their educational records.

While there are some exceptions, a student's consent is required prior to the disclosure of education records.

Directory information, however, may be disclosed without consent from the student. WCTC defines the following as directory information:

  • Name and date of birth
  • Address and WCTC email
  • Citizenship and residence status
  • Dates of attendance
  • Academic year at the college
  • Full time or part time enrollment
  • Program of study
  • Degree status and date conferred
  • Honors and awards
  • Most recent educational institution attended
  • Participation in officially organized activities

Students have the right to request non-release of directory information. Students must complete a Privacy Request Form. The college will honor this request until the student revokes it in writing with the Rescind Privacy Request Form.

Please consider carefully the consequences of any decision to withhold directory information; requests from prospective colleges and employers will be refused.  More information.