Equal Opportunity Statement

Copiah-Lincoln Community College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability, or other factors prohibited by law in any of its educational programs, activities, admissions, or employment practices. The following offices have been designated to handle inquires and complaints regarding the non- discrimination policies of Copiah-Lincoln Community College.

Questions, complaints, or requests in regard to Title IX directives should be made to the Title IX Coordinator, Dr. Brenda Brown Orr, Sandifer Building, John Landress Circle, Wesson, MS 39191, (601) 643-8671.

Questions, complaints, or requests in regard to Section 504 directives should be made to: Wesson Section 504 Coordinator, Erin Smith, Henley Building, Lester R. Furr Dr., Wesson, MS 39191, (601) 643-8401; or Natchez Section 504 Coordinator, Brett Brinegar, Tom Reed Academic Building, 11 Co-Lin Circle, Natchez, MS 39120, (601) 446-1117; or Simpson Section 504 Coordinator, Michelle Crace, Sidney Parker Academic Building, 151 Co-Lin Dr., Mendenhall, MS 39114, (601) 849-0126.

Privacy Act Policy

Copiah-Lincoln Community College adheres to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) of 1974 (Buckley Amendment).  The College 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 the College in an administrative, supervisory, academic or research, or support staff position (including law enforcement unit personnel and health staff); a person or company with whom the College has contracted as its agent to provide a service instead of using College employees or officials (such as an attorney, auditor, or collection agent); a person serving on the Board of Trustees; or a student serving on an official committee, such as a disciplinary or grievance committee, or assisting another school official in performing his or her tasks.

 A school official has a legitimate educational interest if the official needs to review an education record in order to fulfill his or her professional responsibilities for the College. 

Upon request, the College also discloses education records without consent to officials of another school in which a student seeks or intends to enroll.

V.I.P Records - Release of Student Information

It shall be the policy of Copiah-Lincoln Community College to release only “directory” information on students to third parties without permission from such individual students. Any student information of a confidential nature shall not be released without the expressed written consent of the student or upon the proper service of a court order.  The release of such information without expressed consent shall be approved by the President or his designee. The following is considered student directory information:

Name
Home address
Telephone listing
Date and place of birth
Major field of study
Participation in officially recognized activities and sports
Weight and height of person in athletics
Dates of attendance
Degrees and awards received
Most recent previous educational agency or institution attended

Student Rights

The right to inspect and review the student’s education records within 45 days of the day the College receives a request for access. A student should submit to the registrar, vice president, head of the academic department, or other appropriate official, a written request that identifies the record(s) the student wishes to inspect. The College official will make arrangements for access and notify the student of the time and place where records may be inspected. If the records are not maintained by the College official to whom the request was submitted, that official shall advise the student of the correct official to whom the request should be addressed.

The right to request the amendment of the student’s education records that the student believes are inaccurate, misleading, or otherwise in violation of the student’s privacy rights under FERPA. A student who wishes to ask the College to amend a record should write the College official responsible for the record, clearly identify the part of the record the student wants changed, and specify why it should be changed. If the College 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.
The right to provide written consent before the College discloses personally identifiable information from the student’s education records, except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure without consent.
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 name and address of the Office that administers FERPA is:
Family Policy Compliance Office
U.S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20202-5901 

Buckley Amendment Waiver

Students may grant permission to Copiah-Lincoln Community College personnel to provide information to parents or legal guardians and/or to other parties designated on any and all matters pertaining to curriculum, grades, and financial statements. A Buckley Amendment Waiver Form is available in the Admissions Office at the Wesson and Natchez campuses and the Simpson County Center.

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