Student Privacy/FERPA

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:

  1. Name
  2. Home address
  3. Telephone listing
  4. Date and place of birth
  5. Major field of study
  6. Participation in officially recognized activities and sports
  7. Weight and height of person in athletics
  8. Dates of attendance
  9. Degrees and awards received
  10. Most recent previous educational agency or institution attended

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.