Students enrolled in a distributed learning program or course must adhere to the same academic policies as those enrolled in traditional on-campus programs or courses as presented in this Catalog.
Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act
To comply with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, commonly called FERPA or the Buckley Amendment, the administration of Our Lady of the Lake College informs students of their rights under this Act. The law affords students rights of access to educational records and partially protects students from the release and disclosure of those records to third parties. Educational records are those records, files and other materials that contain information directly related to a student’s academic progress, financial status, medical condition, etc., and are maintained by the College or a party acting on behalf of the College.
Students’ Rights to Confidentiality
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act affords students certain rights with respect to their education records. These rights include:
At its discretion, Our Lady of the Lake College may provide “directory information" in accordance with the provisions FERPA. Directory information is defined as that information which would not generally be considered harmful or an invasion of privacy if disclosed. Designated directory information at Our Lady of the Lake College includes the following: student’s name, address, telephone number, electronic mail address, photograph, date and place of birth, major field of study, participation in officially recognized activities, dates of attendance, enrollment status, degrees, honors and awards received, and the most recent educational agency or institution attended.
Students may block the public disclosure of directory information by notifying the Office of the Registrar in writing. Students are advised to consider very carefully the consequences of a decision to withhold directory information. A non-disclosure block will call for the College not to release any or all of this “directory information;" thus, any future requests for such information from non-institutional persons or organizations will be refused.
The College will honor indefinitely the student’s request to withhold directory information, but cannot assume responsibility to contact the student for subsequent permission to release this information. Regardless of the effect upon the student, the College assumes no liability for honoring instructions that such information be withheld. Although the initial request may be filed at any time, requests for non-disclosure will be honored by the College until removed, in writing, by the student.