Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) 

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) is a federal law that protects the privacy of personally identifiable information contained in a student’s educational record.  FERPA affords students with certain rights pertaining to their education records, such as a student’s right to access their education records, the right to have records amended, the right to have control over the disclosure of personally identifiable information, and the right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education. 

Erie County Community College considers the following as directory information: 

  • Student’s full name 
  • Address 
  • EC3 email address 
  • Student enrollment status (full- or part-time) 
  • Dates of attendance 
  • Program of study 
  • Degrees, certificates, and honors received 
  • Participation in officially recognized activities 

Students wishing to view, restrict, or release non-directory information can contact the admissions office for assistance. 

Students wishing to have their information released can find the form here.

Complaints regarding the unauthorized release of information should be directed to:

Andrew Dick, Registrar




U.S. Department of Education 

Office for Civil Rights 

Lyndon B Johnson Department of Education Building 

400 Maryland Avenue, SW 

Washington, DC 20202-1100