2022-2023 Student Handbook 
    Jul 13, 2024  
2022-2023 Student Handbook [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

College of the Ozarks complies with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) of 1974. In accordance with this federal law, the institution has adopted policies and procedures governing the confidentiality of student educational records. No individual shall have access to, nor will the institution disclose any information from, a student’s educational record without the written consent of the student or as otherwise authorized by FERPA.

FERPA affords students certain rights with respect to the student’s education records. They are:

1. Annual notification.

2. The right to inspect and review the student’s education records within 45 days of the day the College receives a request for access.

3. The right to request the amendment of the student’s education records that the student believes are inaccurate or misleading.

4. The right to consent to disclosures of personally identifiable information contained in the student’s education records, except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure without consent.

5. The right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures by the College to comply with the requirements of FERPA. The name and address of the office that administers FERPA is:

Family Policy Compliance Office
U.S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20202-4605

6. College of the Ozarks has designated the following information as directory information and may disclose such information at its discretion:

  • Name
  • Current enrollment status, including full or part-time
  • Address, Local, Permanent or e-mail
  • Telephone number
  • Date of birth
  • Major Fields of Study
  • Student’s photographic or videotaped image
  • Dates of attendance
  • Academic classification by year (e.g. freshman)
  • Awards and Honors (e.g. Dean’s list)
  • Degree conferred (including dates)
  • Past and present participation in officially recognized sports and activities
  • Weight/Height of members of athletic teams
  • Campus workstation

Currently enrolled students may withhold disclosure of any or all of 73 these types of information by contacting the Registrar’s office, in writing, within 30 days from the first class day of any semester. The written notification does not apply retroactively to previous releases of directory information, for example once the campus student directory is published, the information contained therein will remain. The request for nondisclosure will affect only the academic year within which it is requested. Note that directory information MAY be released; it is not required and the institution may choose not to release it. Students should understand that, by withholding directory information, some information considered important to students may not reach them. For additional information see https://www.cofo.edu/About/Consumer-Information#Students