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The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) of 1974 protects the privacy of a student's educational records- as print or electronic documents- by placing limits on who may have access to the records, what information may be shared or disclosed, and how that information may be used. Santa Monica College complies with FERPA and has strict policies and procedures in place governing student records.

Students who do not wish to have their directory information disclosed may select that a CONFIDENTIALITY HOLD be placed on their records. Students may do this themselves at any time by going to Corsair Connect (on the Admissions webpage) and then responding to confidentiality related questions found on their Student Profile link. Under FERPA, students have the right to inspect and review their own student records. All requests must be made in writing and filed with the Admissions office.

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