Excerpt from Policy
Bellevue College implements policy contained in this chapter in compliance with Public
Law 93-380, the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (“FERPA”). This law
establishes that the education records of students attending or having attended the college
are confidential and can be released only with written permission of the student.
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act also authorizes the college to release
so-called “directory information” without prior written permission.
The college has adopted procedures to implement the Family Educational Rights and
Privacy Act. Questions pertaining to the procedures and their implementation should
be directed to the Associate Dean of Enrollment Services.
Notification of Rights under FERPA
Family Policy Compliance Office
The right to consent to disclosures of personally identifiable information
contained in the student’s education records, except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure without consent. There are exceptions which permit disclosure without consent such as disclosure to school officials
with legitimate educational interests. A school official is a person employed by the college in an administrative, supervisory, academic,
research, or support staff position (including campus security personnel and health staff); contractors, consultants, volunteers, and other outside service providers used to perform institutional services and functions; a person serving on the Board of Trustees; or a student serving on an official committee, such as a disciplinary or grievance committee, or assisting
another school official in performing his or her tasks. A school official
has a legitimate educational interest if the official needs to review an education record in order to fulfill his or her professional responsibility.
Upon request, the college discloses education records without consent to officials of another school in which a student seeks or intends to enroll, in connection with financial aid, to parents of dependent students, to comply with subpoena orders issued by the U.S. attorney General under the USA Patriot Act to organizations conducting studies on behalf of educational institutions. Information may also be disclosed for health and safety reasons and as a result of a disciplinary hearing to an alleged victim. Directory information (that information which may be made public to any party) is defined as: name, college email address, dates of enrollment, degree/certificate earned, sports participation (including height & weight), scholarships received, membership or office in Bellevue College Student Government or honor society, part time or full time student status and previous schools attended.
The right to file a complaint with the US Department of Education concerning
alleged failures by Bellevue College to comply with the requirements of
FERPA. The name and address of the office that administers FERPA is:
US Department of Education
400 Maryland Avenue, SW
Washington DC 20202-4605
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