Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) of 1974 (the Buckley Amendment) insures students of the right to privacy in their educational records and establishes the right of students to inspect and review their records and to initiate grievance proceedings to correct inaccuracies. Students are also assured of the right to file complaints with the FERPA Office of the United States Department of Education concerning alleged failures by Stockton to comply with the Act.
Students have the right to challenge the accuracy or appropriateness of information contained in their records. Depending upon the record involved, the following are the individuals to whom to speak when initiating a student information grievance:
- Job or Graduate School Credential File - Director of Career Services.
- Official Educational Record - Registrar, Student Records and Registration.
- Financial Aid Report - Director of Financial Aid.
- Housing Record - Director of Housing and Residential Life.
- Security and Safety/Campus Police Record - Director of Security/Safety/Campus Police.
- Campus Hearing Board/Campus Conduct Code Record - Dean of Students.
- Academic Irregularity Record - Vice President for Academic Affairs.
- Student Accounting Record - Supervisor of Cashier's Office.
- Educational Opportunity Fund Student - Director of Educational Opportunity Fund Program.
- Skills Competency and Diagnostic Test Results - Coordinator, Skills Acquisition and Development Center Writing Lab. Test results are routinely shared with instructors and tutors to assist them in working with students.
Appeals are to the appropriate vice president or dean of students. It should be noted that if a student's challenge through the grievance procedure is unsuccessful, he or she can nevertheless submit statements commenting on the information in the records or statements setting forth any reasons for disagreeing with the decisions rendered in the course of the grievance procedures. The statements will be placed in the file, maintained as part of the student's records, and released whenever the records in question are disclosed.