FERPA – Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act
Student Notification of Rights under FERPA and Solomon Amendment
Cape Cod Community College
Office of the Registrar and Student Records
2240 Iyannough Road
West Barnstable, MA 02668-1599
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) afford eligible students certain rights with respect to their education records. (An “eligible student” under FERPA is a student who is 18 years of age or older or who attends a postsecondary institution of any age.) These rights include:
- The right to inspect and review the student's education records within 45 days after the day that Cape Cod Community College (College) receives a request for access.
A student should submit to the Registrar, or other appropriate official, a written request that identifies the record(s) the student wishes to inspect. The College official will make arrangements for access and notify the student 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 student of the correct official to whom the request should be addressed.
- The right to request the amendment of the student’s education records that the student believes is inaccurate, misleading, or otherwise in violation of the student’s privacy rights under FERPA.
A student who wishes to ask the College to amend a record should write the College official responsible for the record, clearly identify the part of the record the student wants changed, and specify why it should be changed.
If the College decides not to amend the record as requested, the College will notify the student in writing of the decision and the student’s 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 provide written consent before the College discloses personally identifiable information (PII) from the student's education records, except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure without consent.
The College discloses PII without a student’s prior written consent under the FERPA exception for disclosure to College officials with legitimate educational interests. A College official is a person employed by the College in an administrative, supervisory, academic, research, or support staff position (including law enforcement unit personnel and health staff); a person serving on the board of trustees; or a student serving on an official committee, such as a disciplinary or grievance committee. A College official also may include a volunteer or contractor outside of the College who performs an institutional service or function for which the College would otherwise use its own employees and who is under the direct control of the College with respect to the use and maintenance of PII from education records, such as an attorney, auditor, or collection agent or a student volunteering to assist another College official in performing his or her tasks. A College official has a legitimate educational interest if the official needs to review an education record in order to fulfill his or her professional responsibilities for the College. Upon request, the College also discloses PII without consent to officials of another institution in which a student seeks or intends to enroll.
Except for disclosures to College officials, disclosures related to some judicial orders or lawfully issued subpoenas, disclosures of directory information, and disclosures to the student, §99.32 of FERPA regulations requires the institution to record the disclosure. Eligible students have a right to inspect and review the record of disclosures.
- The right to be notified annually by the College of what student record information the College designates as “directory information,” and the right to request that no student information be designated as directory information. The College may release student record information designated as “directory information” without a student’s consent. Directory information is information that is generally not considered harmful or an invasion of privacy if released. The College identifies the following student information as directory information:
student name; town of residence; student email address; program major or field of study; enrollment status, e.g., full-time, half-time, less than half-time; dates of attendance; withdrawals or leaves of absence; date of/or anticipated date of graduation, and degrees received; honors and awards received, including selection to Dean's List or Phi Theta Kappa; most recently attended institution; participation in officially recognized activities and sports; photographic or digital image for publication or announcement
If you do not want the College to disclose directory information from your education records without your prior written consent, you must notify the College's Registrar, in writing. Your request shall remain in effect until withdrawn by you in writing.
If the College receives a request for student recruiting information from the Department of Defense (DOD), or one of its affiliated agencies, the College will release the student recruiting information requested. Because the information sought by the DOD may include information not designated as directory information under the College’s policy, compliance with the DOD’s request may result in the nonconsensual release of PII. When student recruiting information is released pursuant to a DOD request, notice of the request and the release of the information will be posted in a conspicuous location in the College's Registrar's Office for a period equaling one academic semester.
- The right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures by the [College] to comply with the requirements of 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
Revised 5/7/12 Pursuant to DOE’s New Model Notification of Rights
The Solomon Amendment is a federal law, effective October 23, 1998, that allows military recruiters to access "Student Recruitment Information" on students age 17 and older. Failure to comply may result in the loss of various forms of federal funding and Federal Student Aid.
The Department of Education has determined the Solomon Amendment supersedes most elements of FERPA. An institution is therefore obligated to release data included in the list of “student recruiting information,” which may or may not match Cape Cod Community College's FERPA directory information list. However, if the student has submitted a request to the Office of the Registrar to restrict the release of his/her Directory Information, then no information from the student's education record will be released under the Solomon Amendment.
- Address (home and mailing)
- Telephone (is not defined as directory information at CCCC)
- Age (is not defined as directory information at CCCC)
- Place of birth (is not defined as directory information at CCCC)
- Email address (CCCC email address)
- Level of education
- Academic major
- Degrees received
- Educational institution in which the student was most recently enrolled
Procedure for releasing information to military recruiter:
- Under the Solomon amendment, information will be released for military recruitment purposes only. The military recruiters may request student recruitment information for currently enrolled students, once each term or semester for each of the 12 eligible units within the five branches of the service:
- Army: Army, Army Reserve, Army National Guard
- Navy: Navy, Navy Reserve
- Marine Corps: Marine Corps, Marine Corps Reserve
- Air Force: Air Force, Air Force Reserve, Air Force National Guard
- Coast Guard: Coast Guard, Coast Guard Reserve
- The request should be submitted in writing on letterhead, or via official email, clearly identifying the unit of service requesting the student recruitment information.
- The request should specify whether the information needed is for the current or previous semester.
Under FERPA, students may request that "directory information" be withheld. This protection will be honored under the Solomon Amendment and will prevent release of information permanently until revoked within context of State and Federal Law.
Information may still be released to military recruiters if a request to withhold directory information has not been made prior to the military request for information.
Any student who wishes to have directory information withheld should sign, date and return the Request to Withhold Directory Information (also known as a FERPA hold) to the Office of the Registrar.
Cape Cod Community College: Annual notification to students on October 17, 2019