Academic institutions are required under federal law to treat student academic records as confidential. Under the provisions of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA), students have certain rights to privacy concerning the release of their educational records.

Many offices at the college have access to student records through their networked computer. This access has been established to provide information in a timely fashion for those who work with students, but it also provides the potential for inadvertent or deliberate violations of students' privacy rights. It is the responsibility of faculty and staff to be aware of limitations on how this information may be used.

Although the law is continually being interpreted in court cases, the following general guidelines should be observed: