Access to Records and Release of Information
The congressional legislation entitled The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act is designed to protect the privacy of student information.
In compliance with this law, the college provides students access to specified official records directly related to the student and an opportunity to challenge such records on the grounds that they are inaccurate, misleading, or otherwise inappropriate, while providing for the challenge of the actual grade received.
The college will not release, except by subpoena from state, local, and federal government officials, personally identifiable data about students without their prior written permission. The following directory items are exceptions to this policy.
Saddleback College regards as public information:
- Terms for which a student is enrolled
- The enrollment status (full time, part time, as defined by financial aid regulations) for the term in which the student is enrolled
- Declared major
- Participation in officially recognized activities and sports including weight, height, and high school of graduation of athletic team members.
- Degrees and awards received including honors, scholarship awards, athletic award and Dean’s List recognition.
Students who do not wish to have the above directory information released must submit a written request to the Dean of Enrollment Services.
Students wishing to challenge information in their files should contact the Vice President for Student Services, who will cause a hearing to be held.
A standard fee has been established to cover the cost of furnishing copies of some college records to the student. Students wishing to have a copy of other records will be furnished copies at the actual reproduction cost except when copies of transcripts of coursework completed at other institutions must be obtained from those institutions.
The act applies to educational records only and does not include administrative records.