FERPA (Notice of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act)
The Family Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) of 1974 was established to protect the privacy of student educational records.
Only certain employees of Oakland Community College, acting individually or collectively in the educational interest of the student, are allowed access to educational records.
When the collection of personally identifiable information is specifically authorized by federal law, any data collected by such officials shall be protected in a manner which will not permit the personal identification of
students by other than those officials, and this personally identifiable data shall be destroyed when no longer needed.
Except as allowed and required by law, no personally identifiable information from a student's educational record will be disclosed to any third party (which includes parent, spouse or other students) by an official or
employee of the college without prior written consent of the student.
Release of Directory Information
The college has designated certain student information to be "public" or "directory" information, and at its discretion, may release directory information without prior written consent of the student. Directory information is
defined as; name, home address, telephone number, place of birth, curriculum, dates of attendance, degrees, certificates and awards received, last educational institution attended, high school attended, participation in recognized
activities and sports, and weight and height of members of athletic teams.
Students may request that all items identified as directory information, except their names, be withheld and considered restricted information. To withhold public, or directory information, written notification must be
received in any campus Enrollment Services Office or the Office of the Registrar, prior to the end of the normal office hours of the final day of Schedule Adjustment for the semester or session in which the withholding is to begin. Once a
student has requested the withholding of directory information, the request will be honored until they file a request to reinstate the permission to release directory information.
Right of Review
Under FERPA, students have the right to review and inspect the education records maintained by Oakland Community College. The college follows a procedure which provides the student the opportunity to challenge information
deemed inaccurate, misleading, or otherwise in violation of that student's privacy or other rights and to request an amendment to the offending record.
Students may file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning the alleged failure of OCC to comply with the requirements of FERPA. A copy of the college's policy is available at the Enrollment Services Office
of the Auburn Hills, Highland Lakes, Orchard Ridge and Royal Oak campuses. The college policy may also be obtained at:
Office of the Registrar
Bee Administration Center
2480 Opdyke Road
Bloomfield Hills, MI 48304-2266
Students wishing to review records under the auspices of FERPA must initiate the process at this same address.