Simmons College complies with the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 and as it appears in final form in June 1976. The law protects the rights of students to review their own records and to challenge any of the content of the record. Grade records are kept in the Records Office, discipline records are kept in the Office of the Vice President of Student Affairs, and financial records are kept in the Financial Aid and Accounting Office. Simmons students’ personal records are kept in the Academic Dean’s Office. Students may request access to their records in these offices.
The law also protects students from the unlawful disclosure of information about their academic performance, personal campus discipline, or financial status.
The law allows the disclosure of three classes of “directory information” as follows:
- Name, address, telephone number, photograph, dates of attendance, class, and religious affiliation.
- Previous institution(s) attended, major field of study, awards, honors, and degree(s) conferred including dates.
- Past and present participation in officially recognized sports and activities, physical factors (height and weight) of athletes, and date and place of birth.
A student may request in writing to the Records Office that one or all three categories of directory information be restricted from publication. In no case will grade, discipline, or financial information be disclosed except in those cases that are in keeping with the law.