Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) is a federal law that requires Kalamazoo Valley Community College to obtain a student’s written consent prior to disclosing personally identifiable information from their education records. FERPA also states the College may release information that is generally not considered harmful or an invasion of privacy without the student’s written consent, unless they have requested a confidential hold of this “Directory Information”.

Kalamazoo Valley Community College has designated the following as directory information: the student’s name, address, telephone numbers, date of birth; major field of study and class level; dates of enrollment; full or part time status; degrees, awards, honors conferred and dates received; participation in officially recognized activities and sports, weight and height of members of athletic teams; and previous educational institutions or agencies attended.

The primary purpose of directory information is to allow KVCC to include this type of information from your education records in certain school publications. Examples include:  academic honors or other recognition lists; graduation programs; and sports activity sheets showing weight and height of team members. It also allows us to disclose information to outside organizations without a student's prior written consent. Outside organizations include, but are not limited to, insurance companies, banks and employers.

By the publication of this notice, students are advised of the information which KVCC may release.  If a student wishes that the College not release their directory information, he/she must inform the Admissions, Registration and Records Office in writing.

Kalamazoo Valley Community College will not consider releasing confidential information, either verbally or in writing, about applicants or students, unless it is expressly allowed within the act or the student has signed an authorization for release of information.  Documents provided to KVCC from an outside organization or individual are considered the property of KVCC intended for our use only, and will not be released to the student or anyone else unless compelled to do so by court order. In addition, KVCC does not provide lists containing our current and/or former student’s names and addresses to anyone unless compelled to do so by applicable local, state or federal laws.

If you have questions, please contact the Admissions, Registration and Records Office.  You may email us at , call us at 269-488-4281, or visit us in room 9140 on the Texas Township Campus.