At Roane State Community College, academic records are considered confidential. The college’s policy regarding the use and release of student records is governed by Public Law 93-380, the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and the Tennessee Public Records Act.
Under the terms of these laws, the college and its employees are charged with protecting the confidentiality of the educational records of its prospective students, currently enrolled students, and former students. The college is empowered to disclose relevant portions of student records to faculty and staff determined to have a legitimate educational interest.
All exceptions to this policy, including disclosure to external persons or agencies, shall be administered by the Registrar, the Vice President of Student Services and Enrollment Management, the Vice President of Academic Services, or the President.
Legitimate Educational Interest: The need to review an education record by a school official in order to fulfill his or her professional responsibilities for Roane State Community College.
School Official: A school official typically includes a person employed by Roane State in an administrative, supervisory, academic, research, or support staff position (including law enforcement unit personnel and health staff); a person serving on the board of trustees; or a student serving on an official committee, such as a disciplinary or grievance committee. A school official also may include a volunteer or contractor outside of Roane State Community College who performs an institutional service of function for which the school would otherwise use its own employees and who is under the direct control of the school with respect to the use and maintenance of PII from education records, such as an attorney, auditor, or collection agent.
Student: A person who attends or who has previously attended Roane State.
Student Academic Record: Educational information or data maintained by the college which relates to personally identifiable student.
Third Party: A third party is defined as anyone other than the student.
Access to Records
Limitation on Access to Records
Release of Transcripts or Information on Students’ Academic Records Policy
Roane State staff, faculty and other employees will be granted access to academic records on a need-to-know basis. All employees must abide by FERPA and the Tennessee Public Records Act when reviewing student records other than FERPA Directory Information and/or Solomon Amendment Directory Information.
Roane State employees who have direct access to these records are:
Release of Information is subject to the following procedures:
A student’s transcript request form should contain the following information:
Assessment test scores can be sent to other TBR (Tennessee Board of Regents) schools upon request. Requests for non-credit transcripts need to be made in writing to the Office of Continuing Education. In all cases, obligations to the college must be fulfilled before a transcript will be issued.
Release of Records to Third Parties*
A third party is defined as anyone other than the student. The student’s parents or legal guardians are considered third parties. FERPA Directory Information shall be released to third parties without the written consent of the student.
FERPA defines directory information as:
NOTE: Pursuant to the Federal Campus Sex Crimes Prevention Act and the Tennessee College and University Campus Sex Crimes Prevention Act of 2002 certain information concerning registered sex offenders is considered public information and therefore amend and supercede the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and other federal and state laws that previously prohibited the disclosure of such personal information.
Solomon Amendment** defines directory information as:
*NOTE: On October 26, 2001, Congress enacted the Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism Act of 2001. The act amends the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act to permit institutions to disclose education records to federal law enforcement officials without student consent if the appropriate United States official, certifying that “specific and articulable facts” support the request, obtains a court order that requires an educational institution to turn over education records that are considered relevant to a terrorism investigation.
**NOTE: The National Defense Authorization Act 1995, 1996 and the Omnibus Consolidated Appropriations Authorization Act, 1997, mandates this information be released to the military effective March 29, 1997.
Destruction of Academic Records
All or part of a student’s record may be removed from the file and destroyed by the Admissions and Records Office. However, once a student requests access to review his/her files, such removal and destruction may not occur until access has been granted and the review completed by the student.
The Admissions and Records Office cooperates with various lending agencies, including the National Student Loan Clearinghouse, by certifying that their student clients are enrolled at Roane State. Student Loan Deferment forms should be delivered to the Admissions and Records Office at the beginning of the term. All medical and/or auto enrollment forms can be delivered to the Admissions and Records Office for completion. Forms should contain the policy-holder and student identification information. This is to ensure proper action upon receipt at the insurance company.
Right to File a Complaint
Elligible students have the right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures by Roane State Community College to comply with the requirements of FERPA. The name and address of the office that administers FERPA is:
U.S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20202
Roane State Community College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, ethnicity or national origin, sex, disability, age, status as protected veteran or any other class protected by Federal or State laws and regulation and by Tennessee board of Regents policies with respect to employment, programs, and activities. View full non-discrimination policy.