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Admissions and Records Services:
Effective January 1, 2012, pursuant to the Jamie Schanbaum and Nicole Williams Act (Texas Education Code 51.9192), all entering students are required to submit proof of vaccination against Bacterial Meningitis, unless exempt.
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The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) affords eligible students certain rights with respect to their education records. (An “eligible student” under FERPA is a student who is 18 years of age or older or who attends a postsecondary institution at any age.) These rights include:
1. The right to inspect and review the student's education records within 45 days after the day Galveston College receives a request for access. A student should submit to the Director of Admissions/Registrar a written request that identifies the record(s) the student wishes to inspect. The school official will make arrangements for access and notify the student of the time and place where the records may be inspected. If the records are not maintained by the school official to whom the request was submitted, that official shall advise the student of the correct official to whom the request should be addressed.
2. The right to request the amendment of the student’s education records that the student believes is inaccurate, misleading, or otherwise in violation of the student’s privacy rights under FERPA. A student who wishes to ask Galveston College to amend a record should write Director of Admissions/Registrar, clearly identify the part of the record the student wants changed, and specify why it should be changed. If Galveston College decides not to amend the record as requested, the school will notify the student in writing of the decision and the student’s right to a hearing regarding the request for amendment. Additional information regarding the hearing rocedures will be provided to the student when notified of the right to a hearing.
3. The right to provide written consent before Galveston College discloses personally identifiable information (PII) from the student's education records, except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure without consent. Galveston College discloses education records without a student’s prior written consent under FERPA except for disclosure to school officials with legitimate educational interests. A school official includes a person employed by Galveston College in an administrative, supervisory, academic, research, or support staff position (including law enforcement unit personnel and health staff); a person serving on the Board of Regents; or a student serving on an official committee, such as a disciplinary or grievance committee.
A school official also may include a volunteer or contractor outside of Galveston College who performs an institutional service of function for which the school would otherwise use its own employees and who is under the direct control of the school with respect to the use and maintenance of PII from education records, such as an attorney, auditor, or collection agent or a student volunteering to assist another school official in performing his or her tasks. A school official typically has a legitimate educational interest if the official needs to review an education record in order to fulfill his or her professional responsibilities for Galveston College. Galveston College also considers personnel instructing/supervising students at clinical, internship, and other practicum sites as school officials.
4. The right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures by Galveston College to comply with the requirements of FERPA. The name and address of the office that administers FERPA is:
Family Policy Compliance Office
U.S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20202
Generally, schools must have written permission from the eligible student in order to release any information from a student’s education record. However, FERPA allows schools to disclose those records, without consent, to the following parties or under the following conditions (34 CFR § 99.31):
• School officials with legitimate educational interest*;
• Other schools to which a student is transferring;
• Specified officials for audit or evaluation purposes;
• Appropriate parties in connection with financial aid to a student;
• Organizations conducting studies on certain students for or on behalf of the school;
• Accrediting organizations;
• To comply with a judicial order or lawfully issued subpoena;
• Appropriate officials in cases of health and safety emergencies; and,
• State and local authorities, within a juvenile justice system, pursuant to specific state law.
* A school official may include a volunteer or contractor outside of Galveston College who performs an institutional service or function for which the school would otherwise use its own employees and who is under the direct control of the school with respect to the use and maintenance of PII from education records, such as an attorney, auditor, or collection agent or a student volunteering to assist another school official in performing his or her tasks. A school official typically has a legitimate educational interest if the official needs to review an education record in order to fulfill his or her professional responsibilities for Galveston College. Galveston College also considers personnel instructing/supervising students at clinical, internship and other practicum sites as school officials. All parties with access to student records are expected to comply with all requirements of FERPA and protect student privacy.
The following categories are considered Directory Information and may be released to the general public without the written consent of the student. A student may request that all or any part of the Directory Information be withheld from the public by submitting a written request to the Office of Admissions in the first 5 business days of a semester. A request to withhold information is valid only during the period in which the student is enrolled at Galveston College.
The following is included as Directory Information:
• Current and permanent address,
• Telephone listing,
• Date and place of birth,
• E-mail address,
• Major or minor field of study,
• Participation in officially recognized activities,
• Dates of attendance,
• Degrees and awards received,
• Most recent and previous institutions attended,
• Courses currently enrolled in,
• Number of hours enrolled in current semester,
• Residency status,
• Sports participation, and
• Weight/Height of athletic team member.