Mills complies with the provisions of the 1974 Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). FERPA assures students attending a postsecondary educational institution that they have the right to inspect and review certain of their educational records and to seek corrections of inaccurate or misleading data through informal or formal procedures. FERPA also protects student privacy rights by setting strict limits on disclosure of their educational records without their consent. Students can seek enforcement of their FERPA rights by filing complaints with the Family Policy Compliance Office, U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Ave. S.W., Washington DC 20202-5920. Information about this office is available on the Internet at http://www.ed.gov/offices/OM/fpco.
Copies of federal regulations governing student privacy rights are available from the website named above or the Division of Student Life (DSL) at Mills. A statement on procedural steps for seeking to correct inaccurate or misleading data in student records is also available from DSL on request at 510.430.2130.
Mills considers name, address, phone number, email address, dates of attendance,
degree(s) awarded, enrollment status, date and place of birth, and major field of study to be directory information under FERPA and, as such, may be disclosed, without consent, to a third party upon request.
If a student does not wish the directory information to be released she/he can inform the Registrar by submitting a signed and dated letter requesting the directory information not to be released, or by sending an email to that effect to email@example.com from the student's own Mills email account.
The student should be aware that restricting the release of directory information has other consequences. For instance, a restriction makes it difficult or impossible for potential employers to verify the student's enrollment, or to verify a degree earned from Mills. At any time after restricting the release of directory information a student may change their mind and choose, through a written statement, to re-authorize the college to release the information.