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Confidentiality and Privacy Policies

APT College is bound to the regulations of the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) of 1974 to maintain confidentiality of student information records. As such, no one outside the institution shall have access to student records nor will the institution disclose any information from those records without the written consent of the student, with some exceptions listed below.
Under FERPA regulations, as a student you have the right to:

  • Inspect and review your educational records within 45 days of the day the College receives a request for access
  • Request the amendment of your educational records that you believe are inaccurate or misleading
  • Consent to the disclosure of personally identifiable information contained in your educational records, except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure without consent
  • File a complaint with the United States Department of Education concerning alleged failures by APT College to comply with FERPA requirements
  • FERPA authorizes access to your records without consent as follows:

  • A school official (i.e., the Registrar, academic or research staff, etc.) with a legitimate educational interest or need to review an education record in order to fulfill his or her professional responsibility
  • A person or company with whom the College has contracted (such as an attorney, auditor, or collection agency), or a student serving on an official committee, such as a disciplinary or grievance committee, or assisting another school official in performing his or her tasks
  • Upon request, the College discloses educational records without consent to officials of another school in which a student seeks or intends to enroll. (Note: FERPA requires that the College make a reasonable attempt to notify the student of the records request)
  • The following information: name; city and state of residence; major field of study; enrollment status; dates of attendance; credentials and awards received; and the most recent educational agency or institution attended is not considered harmful and therefore it is released without consent. You have the right to refuse to allow the College to release this information by submitting a written signed request

  • If students wish to authorize another party, such as a spouse or employer, to access personal and specific student data, the students must submit a written notification to the College with the full name of the person or agency. Named parties must know personal identifiable information regarding the student before any College Official will discuss student records with the named party.

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