Privacy and Rights
Laramie County Community College may disclose directory information without prior written consent, unless notified to the contrary in writing by the student at the Student Records Office. The college designates the following as directory information: student name, address, phone number, major field of study, participation in officially recognized activities and sports, photograph, e-mail address, dates of attendance including whether currently enrolled, enrollment status (full time, part time), and degrees and awards received.
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) affords students certain rights with respect to their education records. These rights include:
1. The right to inspect and review students’ education records within 45 days of the day that Laramie County Community College receives a request for access. Students should submit to the director of Enrollment Services, vice president, division dean of the academic department, or other appropriate official, written requests that identify the record(s) they wish to inspect. The college official will make arrangements for access and notify the students of the time and place where the records may be inspected. If the records are not maintained by the college official to whom the request was submitted, that official shall advise the students of the correct official to whom the request should be addressed.
2. The right to request the amendment of students’ education records that students believe are inaccurate or misleading. 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 students, the college will notify the students of the decision and advise the students of their right to a hearing regarding the request for amendment. Additional information regarding the hearing procedures will be provided to students when notified of the right to a hearing.
3. The right to consent to disclosures of personally identifiable information contained in students’ education records, except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure without consent. One exception that permits disclosure without consent is disclosure to school officials with legitimate educational interests including contractors, volunteers, and other non-employees performing institutional services and functions. A school official is a person employed by the college in an administrative, supervisory, academic or research, or support staff position (including law enforcement personnel and health staff); 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 students seek or intend to enroll.
4. The right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures by LCCC to comply with the requirements of FERPA.