FERPA and Directory Information

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, FERPA, was designed to protect the privacy of educational records and to establish the right of students to inspect and review their non-privileged educational records. FERPA, a Federal law, requires that postsecondary schools, with certain exceptions, obtain a student’s written consent prior to the disclosure of personally identifiable information from that student’s education records.

However, schools may disclose appropriately designated “directory information” without written consent unless the student has advised the school to the contrary. Directory information, which is information that is generally not considered harmful or an invasion of privacy if released, can also be disclosed to outside organizations without the student’s prior written consent.

If a student does not want to disclose directory information from his or her student education records without prior written consent, the student must notify the school where he or she is enrolled in writing by the first day of the semester at the registrar’s office. A student need only file this notification once during his or her enrollment, and the form is only valid for that school.

Wiregrass Georgia Technical College defines directory information as follows:

  • Full name of student
  • Address(es)
  • Telephone number(s)
  • County of residence
  • Email address(es)
  • Major and field(s) of study
  • Degrees and awards including nature and date received
  • Dates of attendance
  • School or division of enrollment
  • Enrollment status (i.e., full or part-time, undergraduate, graduate)
  • Name of institution last attended
  • Photograph(s)

Click here to download the Objection to Release of Directory Information.

If you would like to give permission for a specific individual(s) to have access to your educational records, click here to download the Waiver of Confidentiality form.

 

Registrar's Offices

Valdosta Campus
Berrien Hall,  Room 110
4089 Val Tech Road
Valdosta, GA 31602
Phone: (229) 259-5536
Fax: (229) 333-2153

Ben Hill-Irwin Campus
Charles Harris Learning Center, Room 628B
667 Perry House Road
Fitzgerald, GA 31750
Phone: (229) 468-2079
Fax: (229) 468-2110

Coffee Campus
Coffee Hall, Room 105
706 West Baker Highway
Douglas, GA 31533
Phone: (229) 468-2234
Fax: (912) 389-4308

Email: registrar@wiregrass.edu

Office Hours:
Monday-Thursday:
7:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m.
Friday: 7:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m.