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Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act requires institutions of higher education to establish written policies and guidelines governing the review, inspection, release, amendment and maintenance of student educational records.

Tacoma Community College has established policies and guidelines to ensure that the education records of its students are treated responsibly in accordance with the act and U.S. Department of Education regulations.

TCC directory information can be released without a student’s permission. It includes student names, degrees and awards. TCC will also confirm dates of attendance, dates of birth, major field of study, participation in officially-recognized sports and activities, and most recent previous educational institution attended. Release of non-directory information requires a release signed by the student.

Students should be advised that military recruiters may request and receive address and phone listings as well as the above directory information without a signed release.

A student may request directory information be withheld from public release by filing an annual request with the Registrar in Bldg. 7. However, the college may authorize designated persons and agencies access to students’ educational records under certain conditions listed in the college policy without the student’s consent.

Copies of the college’s student educational records policies and procedures may be obtained from the office of the Vice President for Student Services in Bldg. 7.

Students may file complaints concerning alleged failures by the college to comply with the Act or regulations promulgated there under with the United States Department of Education (FERPA), Office of the Review Board, Washington, D.C. 20202.