The Spartanburg Community College CENTRAL CAMPUS will be CLOSED on Tuesday, October 24, 2017 for day classes due to damages sustained during inclement weather.
All other SCC locations will operate on a normal schedule. For additional updates, please monitor the SCC website at www.sccsc.edu and call the SCC campus closing number at (864) 592-4325.
NOTIFICATION OF STUDENT’S RIGHTS UNDER FERPA
Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA)
The purpose of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974,
known as FERPA or the “Buckley Amendment”, applies to all educational
institutions and educational agencies that receive funds under any
program administered by the U.S. Secretary of Education. The purpose of
the Act is two-fold: (1) to assure students attending an institution of
postsecondary education access to their education records; and (2) to
protect such individuals’ rights to privacy by limiting the
transferability of their records without their consent.Education RecordEducation records are defined as records that are directly
related to a student and maintained by an educational agency or
institution or by a party acting for the agency or institution.
Education records are not just “files” on students, they are records
maintained in any way, including but not limited to handwriting,
computer media, print, e-mail, film, microfilm/microfiche, video or
audio tape. Education records do not include: Sole Possession Records,
Law Enforcement Unit Records, Employment Records, Health Records, Alumni
Records.Disclosure of Education Records
Student records are maintained in the Registrar’s Office. In accordance
with FERPA, the College is restricted as to the release of certain
educational records information without the written consent of the
student. The College can release “directory information” which includes
name, program of study, full or part-time status, degrees and awards,
and dates of attendance without the student’s written permission.
Students must notify the Registrar in writing that he or she does not
want any or all of the information designated as directory information
disclosed.Access to Education RecordsThe Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) affords
students certain rights with respect to their education records. These
The right to inspect and review the
student’s education records within 45 days of the day the College
receives a request for access. Students should submit to the Registrar,
written requests that identify the record(s) they wish to inspect. The
Registrar will make arrangements for access and notify the student of
the time and place where the records may be inspected.
The right to request the amendment of
the student’s education records that the student believes is inaccurate.
Students may ask the College to amend a record that they believe is
inaccurate. 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. 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.
The right to consent to disclosures of
personally identifiable information contained in the student’s education
records, except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure without
One exception, which permits disclosure without consent, is
disclosure to school officials with legitimate educational interests. A
school official is a person employed by the College in an
administrative, supervisory, academic or research, or support staff
position (including law enforcement unit personnel); a person or company
with whom the College has contracted (such as an attorney, auditor, or
collection agent); a person serving on the Board of Trustees; 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.
The right to file a complaint with the
U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures by Spartanburg
Community College to comply with the requirements of Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) . The name and address of the Office that administers FERPA is:
Family Policy Compliance Office
U.S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20202-4605