Student Privacy - FERPA Information

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, as amended (also sometimes referred to as the Buckley Amendment), is a federal law regarding the privacy of student records and the obligations of the institution, primarily in the areas of release of the records and the access provided to these records. Any educational institution that receives funds under any program administered by the U.S. Secretary of Education is bound by FERPA requirements. Institutions that fail to comply with FERPA may have funds administered by the Secretary of Education withheld.

You can find more information about FERPA by visiting the U.S. Department of Education’s Web site at http://www.ed.gov/policy/gen/guid/fpco/ferpa/index.html.

Who to contact with questions/concerns

General questions may be directed to the dean of student development or the office of the registrar, as appropriate. Comments or suggestions should be addressed to Bruce Maxwell, bmaxwell@wvc.edu, or (509) 682-6835.

FERPA related forms

Click here to download one of our forms related to FERPA compliance.