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FERPA

9_webThe Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) affords eligible students certain rights with respect to education records.

1. The student’s right to inspect and review his/her education records within 45 days after the day God’s Bible School and College receives the request. A student should submit to the registrar a written request that identifies the record(s) the student wishes to inspect.  The registrar will make arrangements for access and notify the student of the time and place where the records may be inspected.

2. The right to request the amendment of education records that the student believes to be inaccurate, misleading or otherwise in violation of the student’s privacy rights under FERPA.

  • A student who wishes to ask GBSC to amend a record should write the registrar, clearly identify the part of the record the student wants changed and specify why it should be changed.
  • If GBSC decides not to amend the record as requested, the college will notify the student in writing of the decision and the student’s 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.

3. The right to consent to disclosures of personally identifiable information. GBSC discloses education records without a student’s prior written consent under the FERPA exception for disclosure to school officials with legitimate educational interests.  A school official is a person employed by God’s Bible School and College in an administrative, supervisory, academic, research or support staff position; a person serving on the board of trustees; or a student serving on an official committee, such as a disciplinary or grievance com­mittee.  A school official also may include a volunteer or contractor outside of GBSC who performs an institutional service of function for which the school would otherwise use its own employees and who is under the direct control of the school with respect to the use and maintenance of personally identifiable information from education records, such as an attorney, auditor or collection agent or a student volunteering to assist another school official in performing his or her tasks. An example of this is the National Student Clearinghouse, to which GBSC submits educational records.  A school official has a legitimate educational interest if the official needs to review an educa­tion record to fulfill his or her professional responsibilities for GBSC.

4. The right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures by the college to comply with the requirements of FERPA.

The following information is considered directory information at God’s Bible School and College and may be released without students’ specific consent. Students may request in writing that this information be withheld. Please understand that doing so may keep the college from assisting the student by automatically issuing information such as enrollment verifications for insurance purposes.

  • Full Name
  • Previous Name
  • Citizenship
  • Photograph
  • Gender
  • Address (local, home, email)
  • Residence Status
  • Enrollment Status
  • Advisor
  • Degree Program
  • Dates of Degrees
  • Expected Graduation Date
  • Student Standing
  • Dates of Attendance
  • Scholarship Types
  • Date and Place of Birth
  • Telephone Listings
  • Most Recent School Attended
  • Degrees and Awards Received
  • Participation in Officially Recognized Activities

For additional information about FERPA, individuals may visit the Family Policy Compliance Office or write to that office at the following address:

Family Policy Compliance Office
U.S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Avenue SW
Washington, DC 20202-5920

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