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FERPA Guidelines

Sierra College is committed to the protection and confidentiality of student educational records by adhering closely to the guidelines established by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act—a federal legislation established to regulate access and maintenance of student educational records.

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) affords students certain rights with respect to their educational records, including the right to inspect their education records, request an amendment of the records that the student believes are inaccurate, and the right to control disclosures of their records except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure without consent. (It is important to note that all rights to access move to the student when that student is in a post secondary education institution; parents, spouses, and significant others have no inherent right to access to student educational records.)

Educational records for the most part include, with certain exceptions, all records maintained in any medium, which can identify the student.

For further information on FERPA please use the link below:
U.S. Department of Education FERPA Guidelines http://www2.ed.gov/policy/gen/guid/fpco/ferpa/students.html

Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act of 1999

Under the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act of 1999, financial institutions must provide their customers with a "clear and conspicuous" notice about their privacy policies and practices; the conditions under which they disclose nonpublic personal information about consumers to nonaffiliated third parties; and how consumers can prevent the disclosure of their information.

Following the passage of this legislation, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) issued detailed rules on these privacy notices, including to whom they should apply. In those rules, the FTC defined "financial institutions" to include all those who provide "financial or investment advisory services." In turn, the FTC rules chose to broadly interpret "financial or investment advisory activities" to cover Universities and Colleges that award Federal Financial Aid.

In compliance with the FTC rules, printed below is Sierra College’s current Privacy Disclosure Statement. Be assured that we have always considered our relationship with you to be one requiring the utmost trust and confidence. Please do not hesitate to call us if you have any questions about this notice.

Privacy Disclosure

Sierra College does not disclose any nonpublic personal information about our students or former students, without their written permission, to anyone except as absolutely required by law or as needed by our employees to provide services or products to you. We maintain physical, electronic, and procedural safeguards that comply with state and federal regulations to guard your nonpublic personal information.

If you have any concerns about the disclosure of your personal information to third parties, please contact Admission and Records at (916) 660-7340.

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