Family and Student Educational Rights
In accordance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and Florida Statutes (Privacy Rights of Parents and Students), the college has identified as "directory information" a student's name, local address, telephone number, date of birth, major field of study, participation in officially recognized activities and sports, weight and height of members of athletic teams, dates of attendance, degrees and awards received, and the most recent previous educational agency or institution attended by the student. This information is available to the public. Other information about students can be released only when a written authorization, signed by the student, is presented to the college.
Any student who does not want this directory information released must file a directory information exclusion request with the Office of Records (Building R, room 112). Upon written request from a student, the custodians of educational records will insure that all access rights specified by this act will be accorded within three business days after a request has been made.
Each semester, the college prepares a listing containing the name, address, and telephone number of each student enrolled. Copies of that listing are occasionally made available to companies who wish to contact SFC students. Any student who wants his or her information excluded from the college directory must file the request before the first day of class for the full term. A directory exclusion request will remain in effect until rescinded in writing by the student. Names of students who have requested directory exclusion will not be printed in the commencement book for the graduation ceremony.
The college has designated the following individuals, by virtue of their responsibilities, as custodians of educational records:
Vice President for Student Affairs - Dr. Naima Brown
College Registrar - Lynn Sullivan
If students wish to challenge the accuracy of their educational records, questions may be settled through informal hearings or upon the request of either party (the educational institution or the eligible student) through formal proceedings which will be conducted in compliance with this statute. These procedures are intended to apply only to challenges to the accuracy of institutional records containing the grade assigned. Thus, eligible students could seek to correct an improperly recorded grade, but could not, through the hearing requested pursuant to this law, contest whether the teacher should have assigned a higher grade because the parents or student believe that the student was entitled to a higher grade.
Parents or guardians desiring access to the records of a student who is their dependent should ask the student to grant permission in writing to the college. Without written permission from the student, the parents or guardians must certify in writing to the Office of Records that the student is economically dependent upon them as defined by Section 152 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954, and must document this dependency by providing a copy of the previous year's income tax return.