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FERPA

Privacy Rights of Students in Education Records

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (Buckley Amendment) FERPA, sets forth the guidelines for the release of student records to other parties. Under this federal law, students have the right to inspect their records and correct any inaccuracies that might be found in them.

The complete FERPA policy is also available via the Federal Department of Education’s website. For more information, or to obtain a copy of the Confidentiality of Student Records policy, please contact the Registrar's Office at (828) 694-1811.

Directory information includes the following:  

  • Student’s name

  • Dates of attendance

  • Degrees, diplomas, certificates, and/or awards received

  • Major field of study or program

  • Enrollment status

  • Most recent educational agency or institutions attended

  • Date and place of birth

  • Full address

  • Telephone number or email address

  • Participation in officially recognized activities

  • Photograph

  • Grade level

The above information may be released by the College without consent of the student.  This information is also available in the BRCC Catalog.

If you do not want Blue Ridge Community College to disclose directory information from your educational records without your prior written consent, you must notify the Registrar’s Office in writing.

Access to the record by anyone other than the student is limited and requires prior written consent by the student. Any person who picks up sealed copies of these records for the student must have written, signed permission to do so from the student.

All records submitted for a student's file become the property of the College and a part of the student's permanent record.  High school transcripts, transcripts from other colleges, and other similar documents are not duplicated for any reason to any person, including the student.