Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

Treasure Valley Community College is committed to maintaining the privacy and confidentiality of your education records. The Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) is a Federal law that applies to educational agencies and institutions that receive funding under a program administered by the U. S. Department of Education. The statute is found at 20 U.S.C. 1232g and the Department's regulations are found at 34 CFR Part 99. For more information, go to: 

Once a student reaches 18 years of age or attends a postsecondary institution, all rights formerly given to parents under FERPA transfer to the student. The student has a right to: 

  • Inspect and review the student’s education records;
  • Request the amendment of the student’s education records to ensure that they are not inaccurate, misleading or otherwise in violation of the student’s privacy or other rights;
  • Consent to disclosures of personally identifiable information contained in the student’s education records, except to the extent that the applicable state or federal law authorizes disclosure without consent;
  • Pursuant to OAR 589-004-0650, file with the Family Policy Compliance Office, United States Department of Education a complaint under 34 C.F.R. §99.64 concerning alleged failures by the College to comply with the requirements of federal law; and
  • Obtain a copy of the College policy and with regard to student education records.

Under FERPA a student’s responsibilities include:

  • The responsibility to read the Annual Notification sent regarding FERPA and records management.
  • Students can learn more about TVCC’s Board of Education policy Code JO-AR Education Records Management.
  • Students can read about FERPA and their rights in the Student Rights, Freedoms, and Responsibilities document.
  • The responsibility of the student to manage the disclosure of his/her Directory Information.
  • Students may opt-out of directory information by completing the Request to Prevent Disclosure of Directory Information form found on
  • In the event a student wishes to grant permission to an individual or organization to release information, the student must fill out the Authorization for Release of Information form which can be completed via the Student Portal on

Generally, schools must have written permission from the eligible student in order to release any information from a student’s education record.  However, FERPA allows schools to disclose those records, without consent, to the following parties or under the following conditions (34 CFR §99.31):

  • School officials with legitimate educational interest;
  • Other schools to which a student is transferring;
  • Specified officials for audit or evaluation purposes;
  • Appropriate parties in connection with financial aid to a student;
  • Organizations conducting certain studies for or on behalf of the school;
  • Accrediting organizations;
  • To comply with a judicial order or lawfully issued subpoena; 
  • Appropriate officials in cases of health and safety emergencies; and
  • State and local authorities, within a juvenile justice system, pursuant to specific State law.

Schools may disclose, without consent, Directory Information such as a student's name, address, telephone number, date and place of birth, honors and awards, and dates of attendance. More information on TVCC’s Board of Education policy Directory Information, Code JOA

If you have any questions or concerns please contact the Registrar’s Office at (541) 881-5805.