The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) of 1974, also known as the Buckley Amendment, is designed to protect the privacy of all student academic records. Records specifically affected by this law are maintained in the Career Development Office, the Office of the Registrar, Student Life, Financial Aid and Student Accounts.
The student's academic file, kept in the Office of the Registrar, contains a permanent record which lists courses, credits, and grades achieved at Lakeland; courses and credits accepted in transfer from other colleges which contributed to the Lakeland degree; date and type of degree awarded; major field(s) of study; minor field(s) of study; and honors awarded at graduation. A student's academic file may also contain information related to course withdrawals, including medical withdrawals.
The Rights and Privacy Act requires that both the academic file and credential file must be available for personal review by the student within 45 days after a formal written request has been communicated to the college. The central purpose of this act is to guarantee the right to examine the contents of personal files and challenge the factual accuracy of the contents or the inclusion of supplementary documents. At Lakeland, any student may examine his or her file by asking at least one day in advance for an appointment to do so. Requests for credential file review should be directed to the Career Development Office, and requests for academic file review should be directed to the Office of the Registrar.
A college transcript is a record of the student's academic progress including courses, credits, grades, major(s), minor(s), and honors earned at Lakeland College and credits accepted in transfer from other schools. In accord with the Rights and Privacy Act, transcripts are considered confidential and will not be released to a third party, other than authorized college personnel, without the written permission of the student. Requests for transcripts should be presented, in writing, to the Office of the Registrar, giving notice of at least one week. All transcript requests must include the student's signature, social security number, and name when attending Lakeland College. The cost of each transcript is $8.00. A request for a rush transcript, to be fulfilled in two business days or less, carries a $10.00 charge. Please note that all financial obligations to the college, including the full payment of all fines, must be arranged to the satisfaction of the manager of Student Accounts before transcripts will be released or sent.
Lakeland College makes available to the public, upon request, all consumer information required by the United States Office of Education. Consumer information includes, but is not necessarily limited to, the following: academic programs, academic progress requirements, career planning services, educational costs, financial aid, job placement outcomes, and student retention. This information is available from the Office of the Registrar. Lakeland College ensures student access to official college records and placement files and maintains the confidentiality of personally identifiable information in accord with federal law.
The student has the right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged compliance issues on the part of Lakeland College. The contact information is as follows:
Family Policy Compliance Office
U.S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Ave. SW
Washington, D.D. 20202
Authorizing Release of Education Records
Students may authorize the release of education records by completing this form and returning it to the Office of the Registrar.
Correction of Education Records
Students have the right to request the correction of education records they believe are inaccurate or in violation of their rights. To correct an education record, a student must take the following steps:
- Contact the office responsible for the oversight of the record, i.e. the Office of the Registrar or Career Services.
- The student must identify what part of the record is inaccurate, why it is inaccurate and how they would like it amended.
- After a thorough review of the record, the appropriate party will determine if a correction is warranted. If so, the student will be notified of the correction. If not, the student has the ability to appeal the decision.
- To appeal, the student must indicate an intent to appeal. The appeal will be heard by a party, who may be an Official of the College, who is not part of the office responsible for the student record.
- The College official will render a decision on the student's request for record correction based on evidence provided by the student during the appeal process.
- Should the student disagree with the outcome of the hearing, he/she may include a statement contesting the result in his/her official file.
Note: Grades may be appealed in this process only on the accuracy of their transcription.
- Lakeland College reserves the right to review and modify its procedures under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act at any time.
Consent Not Required
Lakeland College may disclose personally identifiable information without student consent to:
- School officials with legitimate educational interests;
- The U.S. Comptroller General, U.S. Attorney General, U.S. Department of Education;
- State and local officials;
- Authorized organizations conducting educational research;
- Accrediting agencies;
- Alleged victim of a crime;
- Parent of a dependent student as defined by the IRS;
- Parent of a student under 21 regarding the violation of a law regarding alcohol or drug abuse.
The college discloses personally identifiable information from an education record to appropriate parties in connection with an emergency only if this information is necessary to protect the health and/or safety of the student or other individuals.
FERPA Policy Updates
The College's FERPA policy will be published annually in the traditional undergraduate academic catalog and the evening, weekend, and online academic catalog. Policy updates will also be published as needed at here and here.
Congratulations on earning a place on Lakeland College's Dean's Honor List! Now it's time to share your good news!
Lakeland will be sending a news release listing Dean's List honorees to the following newspapers:
- The Sheboygan Press
- Appleton Post Crescent
- Green Bay Press Gazette
- Milw. suburban papers (CNI papers)
- Wisconsin State Journal
- The Capital Times
- Chippewa Falls Herald
- Wisconsin Rapids Tribune
If your community is served by a newspaper not included on this list, we've designed an easy way for you to write your own news release to send to your community newspaper. Just fill in the blanks on the news release below with your personal information and submit it to your local newspaper for publication.
An interactive version of this form and a completed sample release are available online at http://lakeland.edu/deanslist.
How can you determine where to send your release? The easiest way is by visiting your local newspaper's website, or by calling and asking them for an email address where news of your (or your family member's) recognition on the Dean's List can be sent. Most newspapers will prefer to receive this release electronically.
59th Lakeland College Music Camp
The 59th Annual Lakeland College Music Camp dates are July 26 to August 1st, 2015 – and once again we will provide an exciting one week camp featuring band, choir, orchestra and piano. Please check back to this page after January 2015 to get more information and to register for this exciting summer opportunity! We hope to see everyone at Music Camp 2015!
2014 Music Camp photos
Interested in Music Camp 2015?
Town Hall Chats
Lakeland College President Dan Eck discusses issues facing Lakeland College at town hall chat. These meetings are broadcast over the phone. Joined by Vice President for Advancement, Ken Strmiska, Eck takes questions from alumni all around the country about how the college is moving forward as he outlines plans for the future.
An archive of previous Town Hall Chats are below.