Goucher College will disclose student education records only with the written consent of the student, except in certain situations when the College retains discretion under FERPA to disclose such records without consent. Consent for the disclosure of a student's education records must be in writing, signed and dated by the student, specifying to whom the records are to be disclosed. Click here to download form.

This consent must be renewed each academic year the student is enrolled at Goucher College. A student may revoke this consent at any time by notifying the Registrar's office in Student Administrative Services in writing. Goucher College may, but is not required to, disclose information in the following circumstances and categories without the written consent of the student.

  1. To school officials who have a legitimate educational interest in the records.
  2. To certain authorized officials of the U.S. Department of Education; the U.S. Comptroller General; the U.S. Attorney General; or state and local educational authorities.
  3. In connection with a student's request for or receipt of financial aid, as necessary to determine the eligibility, amount or conditions of the financial aid or to enforce the terms and conditions of the aid.
  4. To state and local authorities in connection with certain state statutes relating to the juvenile justice system.
  5. To organizations conducting certain studies for or on behalf of the educational agency or College.
  6. To accrediting organizations to carry out their functions.
  7. To parents who claim the students as a dependent for income tax purposes.
  8. Information the College has designated as "directory information."
  9. To comply with a judicial order or a lawfully issued subpoena, provided the College follows certain notification procedures, or to a court when the College is involved in legal proceedings with a parent or student.
  10. To appropriate parties if there is an articulated and significant threat to the health or safety of the student or other individuals.
  11. Certain records related to disciplinary proceedings with respect to a crime of violence or non-forcible sexual offense.
  12. To comply with a court order obtained under the USA PATRIOT Act of 2001 for education records considered relevant to a terrorism investigation or prosecution, without advance notice to the student.
  13. To parents, information regarding disciplinary violations relating to the use or possession of alcohol or controlled substances, in certain circumstances.
  14. To officials of another school, upon request, in which the student seeks admission or intends to enroll.
  15. The disclosure concerns sex offenders and other individuals required to register under the Violent Crimne Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994 (the Wetterling Act) and the information was provided to the college under federal law and guidelines.

Record of disclosures:

The College will maintain a record of requests for access to and disclosures of a student's education records (except if the request was from or the disclosure was to parties seeking directory information, parties having student consent, circumstances involving certain grand jury subpoenas, and disclosures pursuant to court order under the USA PATRIOT Act), indicating the legitimate interest that each such person or entity has in obtaining this information. This record of access will be maintained with the education records released.  Click here to download form.

Prohibition on redisclosure:

Except where not required under FERPA regulations (34 CFR 99.33) (e.g., disclosures to parents, disclosures of directory information, disclosures pursuant to court order under the USA PATRIOT Act), the College will inform all third parties to whom personal information from a student's education record is released that no further release of such information is authorized without written consent of the student. (link to form)

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