The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, as amended, is a federal law which states (a) that a written institutional policy must be established and (b) that a statement of adopted procedures covering the privacy rights of students be made available. The law provides that the college will maintain the confidentiality of student educational records.

Lanier Technical College accords all the rights under the law to its students. No one outside the college shall have access to nor will the college disclose any information from student's educational records without the written consent of students except to personnel within the college, to officials of other institutions in which students seek to enroll, to persons or organizations providing student financial aid, to accrediting agencies carrying out their accreditation function, to persons in compliance with a judicial order, and to persons in an emergency in order to protect the health or safety of students or other persons. All these exceptions are permitted under the Act.

Within the Lanier Technical College community, only those members, individually or collectively, acting in the students' educational interest are allowed access to student education records. These members include personnel in the Offices of the Registrar, Administrative Services, Financial Aid, Admissions, and Academic Affairs within the limitations of their need to know.