FERPA Overview

What is it and who is eligible?

The Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) of 1974 is a Federal law that protects the privacy of student education records. These rights transfer to the student when he or she reaches the age of 18 or attends a school beyond the high school level. Students to whom the rights have transferred are "eligible students."  College policy 5040 details how the college handles student records.

Disclosure of directory information about you

In accordance with FERPA, the College may disclose “directory” information about you. “Directory” information is limited to:

  • Student name

  • Dates of attendance

  • Enrollment status (full or part time)

  • Degrees and certificates awarded

  • Honors

  • Major or field of study

  • Date of graduation

  • Height and weight of student athletes

Shoreline Community College is committed to protecting you from any violation of your privacy, and therefore this information is never sold or given at random to outside agencies that may wish to solicit your business. View Shoreline's complete FERPA policy in the college catalog on page thirty nine.

Request to change directory information  

If you wish to limit the directory information about you, please contact Enrollment Services in FOSS or call 206-546-4613.