Family Education Rights and Privacy Act

According to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) of 1974, students have particular rights and privileges regarding their student records. In accordance with FERPA, all students have the following rights:

  1. Right to Inspect. You have the right to review and inspect all of your education records maintained by or at this institution within 30 days of the day IGSM receives a request for access. You should submit to the school a written request that identifies the record(s) you wish to inspect. IGSM will make arrangements for access and notify you of the time and place where the records may be inspected. In place of inspecting the record(s), you may request that they be copied and mailed to you. In this case, you will pay a per copy fee per page in addition to postal costs.
  2. Right to Prevent Disclosure. You have the right to prevent the disclosure of education records to third parties with certain limited exceptions. It is our intent at IGSM to limit disclosure of information contained in your education records to those instances when prior written consent has been given for the disclosure. However, one exception which permits disclosure without consent is disclosure to school officials with legitimate educational interest. A school official is a person employed by IGSM in an administrative, supervisory, academic, or support staff position; a person or company with whom IGSM has contracted (such as an attorney, auditor, or collection agent); a person serving on the Board of Directors, or members serving on an official committee, such as the Advisory Board.
  3. Right to Request Amendment. You have the right to correct any parts of an education record that you believe to be inaccurate, misleading or otherwise in violation of your rights. This includes the right to a hearing to present evidence that the record should be changed if the staff at IGSM decide not to alter the education records according to your request.
  4. Right to File a Complaint with the U.S. Department of Education. You have the right to file a complaint with the Family Policy and Regulations Office, U.S. Department of Education, 600 Independence Ave. SW., Washington, D.C., 20202-4065, concerning this institution’s failure to comply with FERPA.