Communication & Confidentiality
An important note about communication and confidentiality:
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (commonly referred to as the "Buckley Amendment" or "FERPA") is designed to protect the confidentiality of education records and to give students access to their records to assure the accuracy of their contents. The Act affords students certain rights with respect to their education records.
Goucher College FERPA Guidelines
Access to student records
At the postsecondary level, parents have no inherent rights to access or inspect their son or daughter's education records. This right is limited solely to the student. At Goucher College, records may be released to parents only if the student has given gone into their myGoucher account (under "FERPA") and indicated which outside party (ex. parent) should have access to this information. Parents who have been given access under FERPA by their student, should expect to be asked to provide documentation of their identity when requesting information from their student's education records.
Grades, progress reports, exams
Scores and grades on papers and exams, progress in a course, and deficiencies in a subject area, etc., are all examples of personally identifiable information that make up part of the student's education record. This information is protected under FERPA and parents may not have access to this information unless the student has provided written consent to release this information to the parent or the parent has demonstrated that the student is a dependent of the parent.
If non-directory information is needed to resolve a crisis or emergency situation, an education institution may release that information if the institution determines that the information is "necessary to protect the health or safety of the student or other individuals." When Goucher College is contacted to provide non-directory information in such a situation, including the location of a student on campus or the course schedule of a student, the request for information is referred to the Office of Public Safety which evaluates the request and determines whether the situation warrants the release of non-directory information.
Who to contact with questions/concerns
General questions may be directed to the Registrar's Office or the Office of the General Counsel. Comments or suggestions should be addressed to Registrar Andrew Westfall (firstname.lastname@example.org; 410-337-6500 or extension 6500).