Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) of 1974

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 helps protect the privacy of student education records. The Act provides for the right to inspect and review education records, the right to seek to amend those records and to limit disclosure of information from the records. The intent of the legislation is to protect the rights of students and to ensure the privacy and accuracy of education records. The Act applies to all institutions that are the recipients of federal aid administered by the Secretary of Education.





Family Policy Compliance Office
U.S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Ave., SW
Washington, D.C. 20202-5920


For a complete copy of Central’s FERPA policy, contact the registrar’s office, Central Hall (2nd Floor), 641.628.5442 or registrar@central.edu. Additional information is also available at: http://departments.central.edu/registrar/student-privacyferpa/ 


Directory Information

At its discretion Central College may provide directory information in accordance with the provisions of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA). Central College does not release lists of directory information to any person or agency making unsolicited requests. Directory information is defined as that information which would not generally be considered harmful or an invasion of privacy if disclosed. At Central College this includes a student’s: name, home address (city, state/country), parent name(s), parent(s) home address (city, state/country), campus mail box, Central College electronic mail address, phone number (including cell phone), major(s)/minor(s), dates of attendance, date and title of degree, honors and awards received, participation in officially recognized activities and sports, weight and height of members of athletic teams, thesis titles/topics, photograph/image, current enrollment status, (full-time/part-time), class standing (junior, senior, etc.), anticipated graduation date, previous institutions attended.

All other information (i.e. grades, course schedule, financial aid, tuition/fees owed and disciplinary records) are considered confidential and will not be released, with certain exceptions, without the student’s written permission.  If you wish to have non-directory information released, you need to sign Consent to Release Educational Records form and return it to the registrar’s office (2nd Floor, Central Hall) to authorize the college to do so.  Students may withhold directory information by completing a Request for Non-disclosure of Directory Information form which is available in the registrar’s office.

For more information contact the registrar’s office, Central Hall (2nd Floor), 641.628.5442 or registrar@central.edu.