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family educational rights and privacy act
- Meharry Medical College is subject to the provisions of federal law known as the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (also referred to as the Buckley Amendment or FERPA). This act affords matriculated
students certain rights with respect to their educational records. These rights include:
- The right to inspect and review their education records within 30 days of the day
the College receives a request for access. Students should submit written requests to the College Registrar and identify the record(s) they wish
to inspect. The College Registrar will arrange for access and notify the student of the time
and place where the record(s) may be inspected. If the College Registrar does not
maintain the record(s), the student will be directed to the College official to whom
the request should be addressed.
- The right to request amendment of any part of an education record that they believe
is inaccurate or misleading. Students who wish to request an amendment to their educational
record should write the College official responsible for the record, clearly identify
the part of the record they want changed, and specify why it is inaccurate or misleading.
If the College decides not to amend the record as requested by the student, the student
will be notified of the decision and advised of his or her right to a hearing.
- The right to consent to disclosures of personally identifiable information contained
in the student's education record(s) to third parties, except in situations in which FERPA allows disclosure without the
student's consent: One such situation is disclosure to school officials with legitimate
educational interests. A school official is a person employed by the College in an
administrative, supervisory, academic or research, or support staff position (including
College law enforcement personnel and health staff); a person or company with whom
the College has contracted; or a student assisting another College official in performing
his/her tasks. A College official has a legitimate educational interest if the official
needs to review an education record in order to fulfill his or her professional responsibility.