Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act

What is FERPA?

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (also called the Buckley Amendment) is a Federal law that protects the privacy of student educational records.  Briefly, FERPA guarantees that students have the right to inspect and review their records, the right to request amendments, through informal and formal hearings, to their record if they believe the information is incorrect, misleading or in violation of their privacy rights and the right to have some control over the release of personally identifiable information from their educational records.  Students also have the right to file complaints with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act Office concerning alleged failures by the institution to comply with the Act.

Educational records as defined by FERPA are those records, with certain exceptions, that are maintained by Clinton Community College, which include a student's name on them. These include files, documents, and materials in any medium (i.e. electronic, handwritten, print, tapes, film, microfilm, microfiche), which contain information directly related to students and from which students can be individually identified.

What is Directory Information?

Directory information is information contained in an educational record that would not be considered harmful or an invasion of privacy if released.

Directory information at Clinton Community College includes, but is not limited to:

  • Name
  • Address (City and State of Residence Only)
  • Level (freshman or sophomore)
  • Field of study (major)
  • Enrollment Status (Including credit load, full or part-time status )
  • Dates of attendance
  • Degree awarded and date conferred
  • Awards and Honors received
  • Prior attendance at other schools
  • Participation in officially recognized activities or sports

CCC is not allowed to disclose any other information without the student's written consent except under very limited conditions.  These conditions are:  to other officials who have a legitimate educational interest, under federal laws which supercede FERPA (ie. Armed Forces under the Solomon Act, INS or Taxpayer Relief Act), contracting agencies that provides a service to CCC students and health and safety situations during an emergency.

Contact Information

For more information, please contact the Registrar's Office:

Phone: (518) 562-4124
Fax: (518) 562-4118
E-mail: Jonathan J. Reid

Mailing Address:
Registrar's Office
Clinton Community College
136 Clinton Point Drive
Plattsburgh, NY 12901