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One aspect of teaching a college course that can be confusing is the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA). This legislation ensures privacy for students and controls what types of information colleges can release about their students.  It is probably safer to check to see if any information can be released to a third party (including parents).  In general, a college can release directory information (name, address, and telephone number) unless a student requests otherwise. Before you release any information, including directory information, check The Bridge to see if the student has requested that directory information be withheld. Every year, colleges publicize a FERPA statement to the students that makes the students aware of their rights under the law. Here is Bridgemont's annual notice. But what about other information? This page will help guide you through protecting your students' rights.

What if...

A student's parent calls and asks about the student's most recent grade?

Then you should

Go to the Bridgemont home page and  log on to the Bridge to determine if the parent is listed as a person that can be given the information. To ensure that the parent has permission ask him/her to give you the five-digit code listed in the Bridge.  If the parent can supply this code then you can share the information requested. If not, have the parent contact the student to fill in the FERPA form that allows others to see the his/her information.

What if...

A student would like to know how s/he did in relation to the rest of the class?

Then you should

This one is a bit trickier. Obviously, you cannot tell the student how the other students performed; this is a violation of the privacy of all students in the class. However, if you use eCampus to keep students up to date on grades, you can release to all students the highest, lowest, and average grades of the rest of the class. To do this, in the Edit mode, access the Grade Center. Click the down arrow next to the title of the assessment and choose "Show/Hide to Users" if it is hidden. If you need additional assistance, contact Laura Little at 304-734-6689 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

What if...

A student tells you that you can share grade information with a person (such as a parent, spouse, or employer), but the Bridge indicates that the information should not be shared?

Then you should

Request that the student fill in the FERPA form that allows others to see the student's information.

What if...

You still have questions?

Then you should

Contact Dr. Kristin Mallory, Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 304-734-6605.