Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)
Wheelock College complies with the provisions of federal regulations governing the privacy and disclosure of student information. These regulations are known as the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 as Amended (FERPA). The purpose of FERPA is to afford certain rights to students concerning their education records.
The primary rights afforded to students by FERPA are the right to inspect and review the education records, the right to seek to have the records amended, and the right to have some control over the disclosure of information from the records. FERPA applies to all enrolled students and former students.
Wheelock College has designated the following personally identifiable student data as "directory information" which may be released at the discretion of the College to those individuals who have a legitimate educational interest in student records.
- Addresses (Local, Permanent, e-mail)
- Phone Numbers (Local and Permanent)
- Date of Birth
- On-Campus Box
- Dates of Attendance
- Major fields of Study
- Year in School (Class Level)
- Previous Institutions Attended
- Degrees and Awards Received
- Participation in officially recognized activities and sports
Students have the right to prevent disclosure of "directory information." In order to do so, the student must complete and submit a Request to Prevent Disclosure of Directory Information form available in the Office of the Registrar at the beginning of each academic year.
Students should consider very carefully, however, the consequences of any decision to withhold "directory information": students will not be listed in the student yearbook or the Commencement program, nor will the College issue press releases if the student earns academic or athletic awards or participates in College sponsored activities.
For more detailed information on Wheelock's institutional policies regarding FERPA, please contact the Registrar.