Student’s Right to Know

Colorado Mountain College adheres to federal Family Education rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) (20 U.S.C. § 1232g; 34 CFR Part 99) is a federal law that protects the privacy of the student’s permanent educational records. Details of this act and the college’s related policies may be found in the current Colorado Mountain College Catalog.

  • FERPA gives students certain rights with respect to their education records.
  • Students have the right to inspect and review their education records maintained by the school.
  • Students have the right to request that a school correct records they believe to be inaccurate or misleading.
  • Generally, schools must have written permission from the student in order to release any information from a student’s permanent education record. However, FERPA allows schools to disclose those records, without consent, to specified individuals and agencies (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 certain studies 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.

Colorado Mountain College designates the following items as Directory Information: student name, dates of attendance, enrollment status, degrees and awards received, activity and sport participation, and major. The College will disclose any of those items without prior written consent, unless notified in writing to the contrary by the first official class meeting date of each term. This date is found in the College Catalog. This notification of non-disclosure is good until rescinded, in writing, by the student.

Colorado Mountain College does not release lists of students for commercial use. The College does release lists of students, upon written request, to military recruiters in accordance to the Federal Solomon Amendment.