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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