The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA) as amended is a federal law intended to protect the privacy of student educational records accumulated from early childhood through college. FERPA provided parents with certain rights with respect to their children's education records. However, once a student reaches the age of 18 or enters college, the rights previously held by the parents transfer exclusively to the student.
Ordinarily, parents of South Plains College students obtain information about their children's records directly from their children. South Plains College may disclose information to parents if an Authorization to Release Information form
has been filed with the Admissions and Records Office.
The payment of a student's tuition by the parent does not, by itself, give the parent the right of access to a student's record. Questions concerning these procedures may be directed to the Registrar’s Office at (806) 716-2371.
Form must be on file with the Admissions and Records Office in order for parents to have access to student record.