The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) of 1974 protects the privacy of a student's educational records- as print or electronic documents- by placing limits on who may have access to the records, what information may be shared or disclosed, and how that information may be used. Charter Oak State College complies with FERPA and has strict policies and procedures in place governing student records.
Students who do not wish to have their directory information disclosed may select that a CONFIDENTIALITY HOLD be placed on their records. Students may do this themselves at any time by filling out the Directory Opt Out form. Under FERPA, students have the right to inspect and review their own student records. All requests must be made in writing and filed with the Registrar’s office.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
Q: "Why can't you tell me information about my son/daughter/spouse?"
A: The College is bound by FERPA to protect student information unless we are given written consent in person, by the student to do otherwise. We apologize for any inconvenience that this may cause and we encourage you to have your student contact us to obtain the information directly themselves.
Q: "What if my son/daughter/spouse cannot give me written permission to speak with the college?"
A: Unless the College has a Consent to Disclose form on file, we will not be able to help you. Please know that a wealth of information can be obtained by the student through their ACORN account. This information can be accessed online through the use of the COSC username and password.