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Annual Notice to Students Regarding FERPA and Directory Information

Annually, Bridgemont Community and Technical College informs students of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974. This Act, with which Bridgemont intends to comply fully, was designed to protect the privacy of education records, to establish the right of students to inspect and review their education records, and to provide guidelines for the correction of inaccurate or misleading data through informal and formal hearings. Students also have the right to file complaints with Registrar concerning alleged failures by Bridgemont to comply with the Act.

The Registrar can inform students as to the locations of all education records maintained by Bridgemont.

Questions concerning the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act may be referred to the Registrar.

Bridgemont designates the following categories of student information as public or "Directory Information." This information may be disclosed by Bridgemont for any purpose, at its discretion:

  • Name of Student;
  • Official Address;
  • Telephone Number;
  • Electronic Mail Address;
  • Place of Birth;
  • Age of Student;
  • Major Field of Study;
  • Class Status (i.e., freshman);
  • Dates of Attendance;
  • Previous Educational Institution(s) Attended;
  • Degree(s) and Date(s) Conferred, including anticipated graduation dates;
  • Awards;
  • Honors; and
  • Participation in Officially Recognized Activities

Currently enrolled students, using the Official Form, may withhold disclosure of information under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974. To withhold disclosure, written notification must be received in the Registrar's office at 218 Davis Hall, 619 2nd Avenue, Montgomery, WV 25136. Official forms requesting the withholding of Directory Information are available in the Office of the Registrar. Such requests will be processed as soon as is practicable upon receipt.

The failure on the part of any student to specifically request, on the Official Form, the withholding of Directory Information indicates individual approval for disclosure. Additionally, a request to withhold Directory Information shall have no effect on previous disclosures, if any, made by Bridgemont before the receipt of a request to withhold Directory Information; nor will a student's request to withhold Directory Information revoke an otherwise valid written FERPA release already on file with the College.