Consumer Information (Your Right to Know)
PTSA is accredited by BPPE, ABHE, and ATS(candidacy for membership). A complete and detailed listing of the college’s degree programs and completion requirements can be found in the catalog. Full- time faculty members, with their degree qualifications, are listed by program area in the catalog. Contact information for school faculty is on the PTSA’s Web site. (www.ptsa.edu)
In compliance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, PTSA releases no personally identifiable information about students without the express written consent of the student. Exceptions to this practice are those types of information defined as “Directory Information” which includes: student’s name; dates of attendance; enrollment status and curriculum; academic honors; and degrees, diplomas or certificates awarded. Student addresses and phone numbers are released per request to the U.S. Military. Students who wish to block this “Directory Information” may do so by written request to the Office during the first two weeks of initial enrollment. PTSA discloses educational records without a student’s prior written consent under the FERPA exception for disclosure to school officials with legitimate educational interests.
FERPA permits the disclosure of PII from students' education records, without consent of the student, if the disclosure meets certain conditions found in §99.31 of the FERPA regulations. Except for disclosures to school officials, disclosures related to some judicial orders or lawfully issued subpoenas, disclosures of directory information, and disclosures to the student, §99.32 of FERPA regulations requires the institution to record the disclosure. Eligible students have a right to inspect and review the record of disclosures. A postsecondary institution may disclose PII from the education records without obtaining prior written consent of the student.
Notification of Rights under FERPA for Postsecondary Institutions
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) afford eligible students certain rights with respect to their education records. (An "eligible student" under FERPA is a student who is 18 years of age or older or who attends a postsecondary institution.)
These rights include:
1. The right to inspect and review the student's education records within 45 days after the day the PTSA receives a request for access. A student should submit to the registrar, dean, head of the academic department, or other appropriate official, a written request that identifies the record(s) the student wishes to inspect. The school official will make arrangements for access and notify the student of the time and place where the records may be inspected. If the records are not maintained by the school official to whom the request was submitted, that official shall advise the student of the correct official to whom the request should be addressed.
2. The right to request the amendment of the student's education records that the student believes are inaccurate, misleading, or otherwise in violation of the student's privacy rights under FERPA.
3. The right to provide written consent before the school discloses personally identifiable information (PII) from the student's education records, except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure without consent.
The school discloses education records without a student’s prior written consent under the FERPA exception for disclosure to school officials with legitimate educational interests. A school official is a person employed PTSA in an administrative, supervisory, academic, research, or support staff position ; a person serving on the board of trustees; or a student serving on an official committee, such as a disciplinary or grievance committee.
4. The right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures by the [School] to comply with the requirements of FERPA. The name and address of the Office that administers FERPA is:
Family Policy Compliance Office U.S. Department of Education 400 Maryland Avenue, SW Washington, DC 20202
[NOTE: In addition, a school may want to include its directory information public notice, as required by §99.37 of the regulations, with its annual notification of rights under FERPA.]