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Student Privacy

Student Rights under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act  (FERPA) affords students certain rights with respect to their education records. These rights include:

The right to inspect and review the  student’s education records within 45 days of the day GHC receives a  request for access.

A student should submit to the registrar, head of  the academic department, or other appropriate official, a written  request that identifies the record(s) the student wishes to inspect. The Mason official will make arrangements for access and notify the  student of the time and place where the records may be inspected. If  the records are not maintained by the Mason official to whom the  request was submitted, that official shall advise the student of the correct official to whom the request should be addressed.

The right to request amendment of the  student’s education records that the student believes are inaccurate,  misleading, or otherwise in violation of the student’s privacy rights under FERPA.

A student who wishes to ask for an amendment of a record should write the GHC official responsible for the record, clearly identify the part of the record the student wants changed, and specify why it should be changed. If the official decides not to  amend the record as requested, the official will notify the student in  writing of the decision and the student’s right to a hearing regarding  the request for amendment. Additional information regarding the hearing  procedures will be provided to the student when notified of the right  to a hearing.

The right to provide written consent  before the college discloses personally identifiable information  from the student’s education records, except to the extent that FERPA  authorizes disclosure without consent.

GHC discloses education records without a student’s prior written consent under the FERPA exception for disclosure to  school officials with legitimate educational interests. A school  official is a person employed by GHC in an administrative,  supervisory, academic or research, or support staff position (including  law enforcement unit personnel and health staff); a person or company  with whom GHC has contracted as its agent to provide a service  instead of using GHC employees or officials (such as an attorney,  auditor, or collection agent); a person serving on the Board of  Trustees; 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.

A school official has a  legitimate educational interest if the official needs to review an education record in order to fulfill his or her professional  responsibilities for the university.

Health and Safety Exemption Requirement

FERPA permits non-consensual disclosure of education records, or personally identifiable, non-directory information from education records, in connection with a health or safety emergency under §99.31(a)(10) and §99.36 of the FERPA regulations.

The right to file a complaint with the  U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures by GHC to  comply with the requirements of FERPA. The name and address of the  office that administers FERPA is:

Family Policy Compliance Office
U.S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20202-5901

Global Health College

6101 Stevenson Avenue
Alexandria, VA 22304
Phone: 703.212.7410
Toll Free: 866.440.3535
Fax: 703.212.7414

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