Student Privacy & FERPA
Mercy College complies with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) of 1974 and amendments, which governs access to and release of student academic and financial records. No third-party access to non-directory information is permitted without the student’s written consent, except as allowed by law. At its discretion, the institution may provide directory information which is defined as: student name, address, telephone number, date and place of birth, major, dates of attendance, degrees and awards, most recent previous educational institution attended and participation in College activities. FERPA also recognizes that information can, in case of an emergency, be released without consent when needed to protect the health and safety of others.
Student requests for release of non-directory information must include the date, the information being sought and the signature of the student. Persons, agencies or organizations desiring to access a student’s records are required to submit a letter stating the date, person desiring access and reason for viewing the records. The College will release records only if the student involved also gives written consent, reason for release and the name and address of the party to receive the records. This data is mailed to the authorized third party with a warning that no other party should have access to the information. Documents will be mailed within ten working days of receiving the signed requests, and the student will be billed $2.00 per item, per copy. An official copy of a transcript is $10. Faculty members may write letters of recommendation upon the student’s written request and completion of a Release of Information form. The request and a copy of the recommendation will be maintained in the student’s file.
If a student believes Mercy College of Health Sciences does not adhere to the law regarding student records and right to privacy, the student may write to:
Family Policy Compliance Office
U.S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20202-8520