2020-2022 Catalog and Student Handbook

Exceptions to the Basic Policy

No one other than Mitchell Tech personnel shall have access to, nor will the school disclose, any information from the student’s educational records (other than Directory Information noted previously) without the written consent of the student except as follows:

  1. Providers of financial aid
  2. Accrediting agencies carrying out accreditation functions
  3. A judicial order
  4. An emergency situation as determined by the President, Vice-Presidents, Registrar, or designee
  5. As of January 3, 2012, the U.S. Department of Education’s FERPA regulations expanded the circumstances under which student education records and personally identifiable information (PII) contained in such records — including Social Security Numbers, grades, or other private information — may be accessed without the student's consent. First, the U.S. Comptroller General, the U.S. Attorney General, the U.S. Secretary of Education, or state and local education authorities (“Federal and State Authorities”) may allow access to student records and PII without student consent to any third party designated by a Federal or State Authority to evaluate a federal- or state-supported education program. The evaluation may relate to any program that is “principally engaged in the provision of education,” such as early childhood education and job training, as well as any program that is administered by an education agency or institution. Second, Federal and State Authorities may allow access to student education records and PII without student consent to researchers performing certain types of studies. Federal and State Authorities must obtain certain use-restriction and data security promises from the entities that they authorize to receive students' PII, but the Authorities need not maintain direct control over such entities. In addition, in connection with Statewide Longitudinal Data Systems, State Authorities may collect, compile, permanently retain and share without student consent PII from education records and they may track students' participation in education and other programs by linking such PII to other personal information about students that they obtain from other Federal or State data sources, including workforce development, unemployment insurance, child welfare, juvenile justice, military service and migrant student records systems.