Family Education Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA)
The Family Educational Rights to Privacy Act of 1974 (Public Law 93-380), “known as FERPA or the Buckley Amendment” governs the privacy of educational records. Under FERPA, rights of confidentiality transfer to the student when they become eighteen (18) years of age, or upon their first day of attendance in post-secondary education classes, whichever comes first. Once a student assumes confidentiality rights, academic records, billing, and financial records can be seen by a student, and College personnel are allowed to discuss such matters only with the student. Information can be released to someone other than the student, by signing a FERPA waiver. The FERPA waiver provides the College with written authorization from the student, indicating the individuals they are giving permission to access their academic records.
Student educational records include:
Academic records (maintained by the office of the Dean)
Financial aid records (maintained by the Director of Financial Aid)
Billing records (maintained by the Business Office)
Tactical Records (maintained by the Commandant’s Office
Students and parents are advised that VFMC has a written policy governing its record-keeping procedures on file with the Office of the Dean. Students can seek correction of information contained in student records and seek limit to disclosure of information of the records, in accordance with FERPA requirements. Furthermore, eligible students have the right to file complaints with the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged failure by VFMC to comply with FERPA requirements.
Authorization to discuss billing and financial aid information must be addressed by the student to the Business Office and the Financial Aid Office.