CCD Main Campus
P.O. Box 173363
Campus Box 201
Denver, CO 80217-3363
Cherry Creek Building
1111 W Colfax Ave.
Denver, CO 80204
800 Curtis St.
Denver, CO 80204
Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act
CCD Notification of Rights Under FERPA
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA) affords students certain rights with respect to their education records. FERPA rights are afforded to students at the time of admission. These rights include:
I. The right to inspect and review the student’s education records within 45 days of the day Community College of Denver receives a request for access. A student should submit to the Admissions, Registration, and Records Office a written request that identifies the record(s) the student wishes to inspect. The Registrar 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 Registrar, the Registrar will make arrangements to obtain the requested records.
II. The right to request the amendment of the student’s education records that the student believes are inaccurate, misleading, or otherwise in violation of the student’s privacy rights. A student who wishes to ask Community College of Denver to amend a record should write the Registrar who will notify the college official responsible for the record, clearly identify the part of the record the student wants changed, and specify why it should be changed. If CCD decides not to amend the record as requested, CCD 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.
III. The right to provide written consent before Community College of Denver discloses personally identifiable information from the student’s education records, except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure without consent. One exception which permits disclosure without consent is disclosure to college officials with legitimate educational interests. A college official is a person employed by CCD in an administrative, supervisory, academic, research, or support staff position (including law enforcement unit personnel and health staff); a person or company with whom CCD has contracted as its agent to provide a service instead of using college employees or officials (such as an attorney, auditor, or collection agent); a person serving on the College Board; or state and federal agencies, such as the veteran’s administration, 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.
CCD has designated the National Student Clearinghouse, the Auraria Police Department, and the Health Center at Auraria as college officials. CCD has also designated the Auraria Higher Education Center (AHEC), Metropolitan State University of Denver (MSUD), and the University of Colorado at Denver and Health Sciences (UCD) as college officials for the purpose of sharing student educational records. 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 responsibilities for the college. Upon request, the college discloses education records, without a student’s consent, to officials of another school, in which a student seeks or intends to enroll or after enrollment.
The college may share education records with parents in the following circumstances: for a student who is dependent under I.R.S. tax code; a student under 21 years old who has violated a law or the school’s rules or policies governing alcohol or substance abuse; and when the information is needed to protect the health or safety of the student or other individuals in an emergency.
FERPA Annual Notice to Reflect Possible Federal and State Data Collection and Use
As of January 3, 2012, the U.S. Department of Education's FERPA regulations expand the circumstances under which your education records and personally identifiable information (PII) contained in such records — including your Social Security Number, grades, or other private information — may be accessed without your consent. First, the U.S. Comptroller General, the U.S. Attorney General, the U.S. Secretary of Education, or state and local education authorities ("Federal and State Authorities") may allow access to your records and PII without your consent to any third party designated by a Federal or State Authority to evaluate a federal- or state-supported education program. The evaluation may relate to any program that is "principally engaged in the provision of education," such as early childhood education and job training, as well as any program that is administered by an education agency or institution. Second, Federal and State Authorities may allow access to your education records and PII without your consent to researchers performing certain types of studies, in certain cases even when we object to or do not request such research. Federal and State Authorities must obtain certain use-restriction and data security promises from the entities that they authorize to receive your PII, but the Authorities need not maintain direct control over such entities. In addition, in connection with Statewide Longitudinal Data Systems, State Authorities may collect, compile, permanently retain, and share without your consent PII from your education records, and they may track your participation in education and other programs by linking such PII to other personal information about you that they obtain from other Federal or State data sources, including workforce development, unemployment insurance, child welfare, juvenile justice, military service, and migrant student records systems.
The Colorado Community College System considers the following to be directory information and Community College of Denver staff may disclose this information, without prior consent, to anyone inquiring in person, by phone, or in writing: student name; degrees/certificates and awards student has earned; major field of study; dates of student attendance; part-time or full-time enrollment status; most recent educational institution attended by the student; participation in officially recognized activities and sports; if participating in an officially recognized activity or sport, height or weight. Directory information will be limited to the current academic year.
Additionally, name, addresses, phone numbers, date and place of birth, level of education, most recently attended college, field of study, and degree(s) received of students may be released to military recruiters upon request in accordance with the Solomon Amendment. All other information contained in student records is considered private and not open to the public without the student’s written consent. Students who do not want their directory/public information released to third parties should complete a form to suppress directory information. The form is available online or at the Admissions, Registration & Records office and must be received by the first day of the semester.
Upon request, the college discloses education records, without a student’s consent, to officials of another school in which a student seeks or intends to enroll.
I. Students have the right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures by CCD 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
Admissions, Records & Registration