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
Students may authorize the release of education records by completing this form and returning it to the Office of the Registrar.
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:
Lakeland College may disclose personally identifiable information without student consent to:
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.
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.