Directory Information Public Notice


Annually, Bristol Community College informs students of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, (FERPA) as amended. This act was designed to protect the privacy of education records, establish students’ rights to inspect and review their educational records, and provide guidelines for the correction of inaccurate or misleading data through informal and formal hearings. FERPA follows. Students also have the right to file complaints with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act Office about alleged failures by the institution to comply with the Act. Local policy explains in detail the procedures to be used by the institution for compliance with the provisions of the Act. Copies of the policy can be found in the Enrollment Center. This office also maintains a records directory which lists all education records maintained on students by the institution. Contact the Registrar’s Office with questions concerning the Act. Bristol Community College considers the categories of student information listed below as public or “Directory Information.” Such information may be disclosed by the institution for any purpose at its discretion.

Category I: Name, address, phone number, dates of attendance, class 

Category II: Previous institutions attended, major field of study, awards, honors, degree(s) conferred (including dates)

Category III: Past and present participation in officially recognized sports and activities; physical factors (height, weight of athletes); date and place of birth.

Currently enrolled students may withhold disclosure of any category of information under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, as amended. To withhold disclosure, written notification must be received in the Registrar’s Office prior to the tenth day in a given semester. Forms requesting the withholding of directory information are available in the Registrar’s Office. Bristol Community College assumes that failure on the part of any student to specifically request the withholding of any category of directory information indicates individual approval of disclosure. Students who have withheld directory information will not be listed in Commencement announcements, including the program, unless a release is given to the college.

Schools may disclose, without consent, “directory” information such as a student’s name, address, telephone number, date and place of birth, honors and awards, and dates of attendance. However, schools must tell parents and eligible students about directory information and allow parents and eligible students a reasonable amount of time to request that the school not disclose directory information about them. Schools must notify parents and eligible students annually of their rights under FERPA. The actual means of notification (special letter, inclusion in a PTA bulletin, student handbook, or newspaper article) is left to the discretion of each school.

For additional information or technical assistance, you may call 202.260.3887 (voice). Individuals who use TDD may call the Federal Information Relay Service at 1.800.877.8339. Or you may contact us at the following address:

Family Policy Compliance Office
U.S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20202-5920