(To view our FERPA policy guidelines for students & parents, click HERE)
"ON THE SPOT" FERPA Form:
Manhattanville students maintain their FERPA waiver elections in WebAdvisor. If you are approached by a student accompanied by a 3rd party (ie: parent, sibling, guardian, etc.) and the student wishes to discuss their academic record with the 3rd party present, use this "ON THE SPOT" FERPA form to obtain written consent to do so:
This form may be used by a student to authorize the release of non-directory academic information (per FERPA) from his/her education record for the purpose of a letter of recommendation, application to an educational institution, etc.
Manhattanville College’s faculty and staff with access to student academic and/or personal records (electronic or paper-based) are responsible under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act ("FERPA") to protect the privacy of these records and use record information only for legitimate educational or student support purposes. Discussing or sharing a student's record with any person who does not have a “legitimate educational interest” (including, but not limited to parents, guardians, spouses and non-college employees) is a violation of FERPA.
FERPA covers all forms of record transmission, whether it be through verbal conversations, emails, electronic data or printed media. FERPA affords students certain rights with respect to their educational record privacy. However, FERPA also respects the need for educational institutions to share student data across the enterprise to conduct their normal business operations. As long as the “need to know” has been established in relation to a student’s educational record, faculty-to-faculty or faculty-to-staff communications regarding a student may occur freely. Faculty and staff should respect the FERPA guidelines below when record sharing situations arise:
DO NOT release a student’s academic or non-directory personal information to parents, guardians or non-Manhattanville employees unless the student is present to provide permission for the release or the student has provided the College with a waiver to discuss their specific records with properly identified individual(s). Consult first with these offices to find out if a student has a FERPA waiver on file:
Undergraduates: Registrar or undergraduate Academic Advising
School of Ed majors: School of Education office
School of Business majors: School of Business office
ELI students: ELI office
DO NOT release a student's class schedule or known whereabouts on campus to parents, guardians or non-Manhattanville employees. This information is protected under FERPA. Check a student's FERPA waiver status first or refer inquiries to the Registrar or Advising area. *EXCEPTION: In the event of an emergency that involves a student, a group of students or the campus, you may cooperate with law enforcement, fire, medical or other safety personnel. The Department of Education’s Family Policy Compliance Office (FPCO) states that student record disclosures can be made if “there is an articulable and significant threat to the health or safety of the student or other individuals.” See: FERPA Disaster Guidance Policy
DO NOT post student grades or other academic information in any location, even if such lists contain only names without other personal identifiers (ID numbers, social security numbers, etc.). Student can access their final grades online in WebAdvisor. Use Blackboard’s Grade Center or Mville email to privately share other academic benchmarks and grades with individual students directly.
DO NOT circulate a printed class list that displays student names and ID numbers for attendance or ask students to declare themselves present by “writing their names and ID numbers” on a blank sheet of paper. THIS IS AN IMMEDIATE FERPA VIOLATION! Use WebAdvisor to view the real-time status of students on your class roster(s). Then use Starfish, Blackboard or your own private system to track student attendence. If you need to collect a name list, you may only ask for first and last names.
DO NOT leave computers or other electronic devices unattended in a classroom or office when files are open to student records.
DO NOT leave printed documents, assignments or exams in an unattended location that contain student names, grades or other personal data. Safeguard and secure all devices such as computers, laptops, PDA’s, smart phones and thumb drives that contain student data. If such devices are used to hold student data, password-protect the device AND password-protect the directory folders that contain the data. Contact the Information Technology Department for guidance on information security and best practices.
DO NOT share login credentials to any Manhattanville College system or software application that allows privileged access to student records. This includes Colleague, WebAdvisor, Blackboard or other systems.
DO NOT provide student non-directory information to third parties such as prospective employers, associations, other colleges, outside organizations, etc., without the student’s written consent. *EXCEPTION: Conversations and communications with an employer to manage a student’s internship are allowed under FERPA because such discussions are required for the management of the internship. Be sure the outside employer is made aware that once they have been provided privileged student information, they too are subject to FERPA policy!
Refer requests for student information to the proper educational record custodian. This would be the office recognized as the appropriate "record custodian":
Financial Aid – Aid award amounts, loans, FASFA, etc.
Student Account Services – Tuition billing, balances, etc.
Student Health Center - Immunization, health/counseling records
If you or your office is served a subpoena by a legal entity to provide student record information, forward the subpoena to the President’s Office immediately.
Personal notes on students: If you maintain personal notes on students, be sure they are only necessary for the fulfillment of your teaching, advising or administrative responsibilities. NOTE: The personal notes of a professor or staff member concerning a student that are intended for that individual’s own use are not a part of the student’s educational record and may not be included as part of a student’s request for a FERPA record inspection under the "Sole possession of the maker" provision.
Shred all unneeded documents related to any member of the College community (students, faculty and staff) that contains personal nformation (i.e. social security numbers, grades, contact data, etc.). Proper document security protects everyone and keeps Manhattanville in compliance with FERPA and other nationally recognized privacy policies.