Privacy Of Records

In the United States, the educational records of students in colleges and universities are protected by a federal privacy law called Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). FERPA applies to all students enrolled in higher education, including international students.

Under FERPA, the only person allowed access to a student's record is the student, and college employees who need the information to complete their work. Nobody else can access or be given information from a student's record, including the following:


Information protected under FERPA includes the following:


FERPA does not cover some information, such as address, phone number, etc., but Seattle Central does restrict access to this information as well. Seattle Central will only release the following information on a student:


Please note that a student always has the right to prevent anyone from knowing even this basic information, if s/he chooses to protect it. Seattle Central suggests that parents make arrangements with their children to get quarterly grade reports, which are available from the student's account on our website. Parents can easily require these reports before they allow their child to continue studying in the United States.

Students may authorize Seattle Central to release educational information to a designated person by completing an Authorization to Release Information form. Students must complete the form in the International Programs (IP) Office, and the form must be witnessed and signed by the International Programs staff. The form can only be submitted by the student, and not by parents, relatives, agents or other individuals.