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Student’s Right to Privacy

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) defines specific rights of access and protection over student records. Carleton College student records policy is based on the FERPA mandate.

FERPA establishes two basic rights for your student:

  1. The right to inspect his or her education record, which includes all records except parent(s) financial statements, waived letters of recommendation, and the records maintained by Carleton Security and Student Health and Counseling; and
  2. The right to expect the College will not disclose information from a student’s educational record without his or her written consent, except to other school officials with a legitimate educational interest and to parents of an eligible student who claim the student as dependent for tax purposes. Only directory information that is already public may be freely disclosed.