Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA), with which Georgia Northwestern Technical College complies fully, was designated to protect the privacy of educational records.
FERPA Privacy Information for Online Course Options
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act is a federal law that requires colleges to (1) give students access to their education records, and (2) keep personally identifiable education records confidential with respect to third parties.
Because an online environment creates a record of student activity, it is subject to FERPA privacy rights, unlike verbal exchanges in a physical classroom. The following are items for consideration.
- The academic deans and GNTC Learning Management System (LMS) point of contact staff have access to all online courses and the archived course documents to carry out their job duties.
- When students submit information electronically (via LMS), the information is accessible to the faculty teaching the section. If the work is submitted via GNTC email, the information is accessible to the faculty and computer system administrators.
- In online courses, discussions, postings, and some student work are accessible to students in class.
- Public postings and student work do not contain grades.
- Students are required to post an assignment, which may be an introduction, when the term begins.
- Discussion requirements are listed in the distance courses.
- The posted work is available to members of the class.
- Third Party (online labs, textbook specific online course content)
- Students are instructed to buy/access the online resources when purchasing textbooks.
- In case of students posting a message or blog on any social media site (GNTC Twitter, Facebook), students may not be protected by FERPA if the student submission is not assigned as a part of academic endeavor.