Privacy Act - FERPA

Pursuant to the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) of 1974, as amended, any person who is or has been in attendance at Lake Michigan College shall have the right to inspect and review any and all educational records directly related to that person after a request for access to such records has been made in accordance with the approved College procedure for such access. Requests are to be made through the Record’s Office, room A220, (269) 927-8107.

Directory information, which may be made public without your written permission, shall include: name, phone number, email address, major field of study, semesters of attendance, degrees and academic awards received, participation in officially recognized activities and sports, and the most recent previous educational institution attended by the student. If you do not want the College to release any or all of the above information you must inform the Record’s Office, room A220, on the Napier Avenue Campus (269) 927-8107, in writing. This request must be renewed annually.

Personally identifiable information from your educational record, which includes, but is not limited to, academic evaluation, counseling and advisory records, financial aid records, psychological and medical reports, disciplinary records, transcripts, test scores, and other academic records, financial records, and student payrolls shall not be released without your written authorization. Exceptions to this policy may include but are not limited to: persons or organizations providing to the student financial aid, or determining financial aid decisions; organizations conducting studies to develop, validate, and administer predictive tests, to administer student aid programs, or to improve instruction; persons in compliance with a judicial order or a lawfully issued subpoena; or persons in an emergency, if the knowledge of the information, in fact, is necessary to protect the health or safety of the student or other persons.

At Lake Michigan College, school officials with a legitimate educational interest may access your confidential records without your written consent. School officials are defined as faculty, administration, professional technical and classified employees, sworn police officers and public safety department as part of an investigation, parents who have established the student’s status as a dependent according to IRS Code Section 152, and military recruiters for the purpose of federal military recruiting as stated in Public Law 104-206, Section 09(2). A school official has a legitimate educational interest if the official needs to review an education record in order to fulfill his or her professional responsibility.

In order to meet the requirements of the Carl D. Perkins Vocational and Technical Education Act, Section 113, and the Workforce Investment Act of 1998, Section 122, the College, under the auspices of the Office of Institutional Research (IR), may use your social security number to compile certain data for the purpose of instructional program improvement and Perkins and Workforce Investment Act reporting.