Student's Rights

Students' Rights Under FERPA

  • Right to Review Educational Records

    FERPA affords  students certain rights with respect to their educational records. Students  have the right to review their educational records within 45 days of the day  the College receives a request for access. Students should submit to the  College Registrar written requests that identify the record(s) they wish to  inspect and the student will be notified of the time and place where the  records may be inspected. If the records are not maintained in the office of  the College Registrar, the Registrar will advise the student of the correct  official to whom the request should be addressed.
  • Right to Request an Amendment

    Students have the right  to request an amendment to the educational records that are believed to be  inaccurate. They should write to 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.

  • Right to Consent to Disclosures

    Students have the  right to consent to disclosures of personally identifiable information  contained in the student's educational records, except to the extent that  FERPA authorizes disclosure without consent.
  • Right to File

    Students have the right to file a  complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures  by SUNY Potsdam 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 20202-4605