Privacy Policy

Privacy Policy

Federal Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act is a Federal law that protects the privacy of student educational records. Briefly, FERPA guarantees that students have the right to inspect and review their records, the right to request amendments, through informal and formal hearings, to their record if they believe the information is incorrect, misleading or in violation of their privacy rights and the right to have some control over the release of personally identifiable information from their educational records. Students also have the right to file complaints with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act Office concerning alleged failures by the institution to comply with the Act.

What is not covered?

Schools may disclose directory information contained in an educational record that would not be considered harmful or an invasion of privacy if released.

Directory information at SANS Technology Institute includes, but is not limited to:

  • Name
  • Address (City and State of Residence Only)
  • Major program
  • Dates of attendance
  • Degree awarded and date conferred

How is information released?

STI requires written permission from the eligible student to release any other information from a student's education record, except under very limited conditions. FERPA allows STI to disclose those records, without consent, to the following parties or under the following conditions (34 CFR S 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
  • State and local authorities, within a juvenile justice system, pursuant to specific state law

Need more information?

For more information, please contact the registrar's office at registrar@sans.edu or visit the U.S. Department of Education's FERPA webpage.