The Office of Community Standards adheres to the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), a federal law that protects the privacy of students’ educational records.
The law applies to all schools that receive funds under an applicable program of the U. S. Department of Education.
FERPA gives parents/guardians certain rights with respect to their children’s education records. However, these rights transfer to the student when they reach the age of 18 or attend a school beyond the high school level.
A student who wishes to authorize their parent(s)/guardian(s) access to their disciplinary record(s) with the Office of Community Standards, must email SAF.email@example.com from their Purchase College email with an official request. It is important to note that a student conduct FERPA Release Form is only available for students for which disciplinary record(s) already exists. A FERPA Release Form cannot be submitted preemptively. Please note that the student conduct FERPA Release Form is independent of any other proxy access received via any other office(s) at the College.
A FERPA release form does not exclude the student from being an active participant in the conduct process. The student is still responsible for submitting questions, forms, evidence, attending meetings, asking questions, etc. The Office will communicate directly, and only, with the student involved.
The College’s full FERPA policy is found in Policies Governing Student Records.