Santa Fe Office of the Registrar


Annual Notification of Rights Under FERPA for Students Attending St. John's College, Santa Fe.

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) affords students certain rights with respect to their education records. They are:

The right to inspect and review the student’s education records within 45 days of the day St. John's College receives a request for access. Students should submit to the Registrar written requests that identify the record(s) they wish to inspect. The Registrar will make arrangements for the access and notify the student of the time and the place where the records may be inspected.

The right to request the amendment of the student’s education records that the student believes are inaccurate or misleading. Students may ask St. John's College to amend a record that they believe is inaccurate or misleading. They should write the Registrar and clearly identify the part of the record they want changed, and specify why it is inaccurate or misleading. If St. John's College decides not to amend the record as requested by the student, St. John's College will notify the student of the decision and advise the student of his or her right to a hearing regarding the request for amendment. Additional information regarding the hearing procedures will be provided to the student when notified of the right to a hearing.

The right to consent to disclosures of personally identifiable information contained in the student’s education records, except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure without consent. One exception which permits disclosure without consent is disclosure to school officials with legitimate educational interests. A school official is a person employed by St. John's College in an administrative, supervisory, academic or research, or support staff position (including law enforcement unit personnel and health staff); a person or company with whom St. John's College has contracted (such as an attorney, auditor, or collection agent); a person serving on the Board of Trustees; or a student serving on an official committee, such as a disciplinary or grievance committee, or assisting another school official in performing his or her tasks. A school official has a legitimate educational interest if the official needs to review an education record in order to fulfill his or her professional responsibility. Upon request, St. John's College discloses education records without consent to officials of another school in which a student seeks or intends to enroll.

The right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures by St. John's College to comply with the requirements of FERPA. The name and address of the Office that administers FERPA is: Family Policy Compliance Office, U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW., Washington, DC, 20202-4605.

FERPA permits institutions to identify certain items of information as directory information. This type of information refers to information contained in an educational record that would not generally be considered harmful or an invasion of privacy if disclosed. This information may be disclosed unless the student, during the first two weeks of the semester, has indicated in writing to the Registrar, that s/he does not wish this information released. St. John's College identifies directory information as the student’s name, home address and home telephone number, campus/local address and local telephone number, e-mail address, photograph, student schedule, dates of attendance, field of study, participation in officially recognized activities and sports, full-time or part-time status, class level (freshman, sophomore, junior, senior, graduate institute), degrees (including dates conferred), awards and honors received, essay titles, hometown, date and place of birth, previous institution(s) attended, anticipated degree date, senior and award essays.

Exceptions to non-disclosure of personally identifiable information are set out in the FERPA regulations and reiterated in the College Policy on FERPA Compliance. A few of those exceptions are listed below:

  • School officials, as identified by St. John's College and determined by St. John's College to have a legitimate educational interest
  • Officials of other institutions in which the student seeks to enroll
  • Persons of organizations providing financial aid to the student, or determining financial aid decisions
  • Accrediting organizations carrying out accrediting functions
  • Parents of a student who have established student’s status as a dependent according to IRS Code of 1986, Section 152
  • Person in compliance with a judicial order or a lawfully issued subpoena
  • Persons in an emergency if the knowledge of information, in fact, is necessary to protect the health or safety of the student or other persons.
  • Questions regarding this notification and the FERPA can be directed to the Office of the Registrar St. John's College, Santa Fe, 505-984-6075; santa.fe.registrar@sjc.edu.

Disclosure of Directory Information


Important, please read carefully – Office of the Registrar, St. John’s College, Santa Fe

Directory Information is defined as that information which would not generally be considered harmful or an invasion of privacy if disclosed.

St. John's College, in compliance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (as amended), has designated the following items as Directory Information

Student’s name home address and home telephone number campus/local address and local/cell telephone number e-mail address photograph student schedule dates of attendance field of study participation in officially recognized activities and sports full-time or part-time status class level (freshman, sophomore, junior, senior, graduate institute) degrees (including dates conferred) anticipated degree date awards and honors received essay titles senior and award essays hometown date and place of birth previous institution(s) attended.

St. John's College may disclose any of the above listed items without the student’s prior written consent, UNLESS the Office of the Registrar is notified in writing to the contrary. As a practice, St. John's College does not normally release this type of information to anyone outside the college community.

If you wish to officially withhold your Directory Information as defined above from release, come to the Office of the Registrar within two weeks of registration (Fall or Spring) or within one week of registration (Summer) to complete and sign a non-disclosure form.

St. John’s College assembles FOR INTERNAL USE ONLY directories containing student information. The confidential directories contain 1] key personal and emergency contact information, 2] photo IDS, 3] local/campus contact addresses and telephones. They are distributed to select academic and administrative offices, including security and senior residents. St. John’s College officials with a legitimate educational interest are entitled to access Directory Information under FERPA.

Student academic information is considered confidential and will not be released, with certain exceptions as outlined in FERPA, without the student’s written permission.

A student’s don rag and conference reports, grades, and grade point average are considered confidential, as are gender, race, social security number, etc. Therefore, if you wish to have your grades or any part of your academic records sent to any person, institution, or to parents, you need to authorize the college, through the Office of the Registrar, to do so. Authorization forms are available in the Office of the Registrar.

FERPA: College Policy on Compliance with The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (as amended)


The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) was enacted by the United States Congress in 1974 setting forth requirements regarding the privacy of student records. Any educational institution that receives funds under applicable programs administered by the U.S. Secretary of Education must comply with FERPA.

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) affords students certain rights with respect to their education records. They are:

The right to inspect and review the student’s education records.

The right to request the amendment of the student’s education records that the student believes are inaccurate, misleading, or otherwise in violation of the student’s privacy rights.

The right to consent to disclosures of personally identifiable information contained in the student’s education records, except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure without consent.

The right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures by the College to comply with the requirements of FERPA.

A. Definitions:

Student – Any individual who is or has been in attendance at St. John’s College.

Educational Records – Any record (in handwriting, print, video or audiotapes, paper, film, computer or other medium) maintained by St. John’s College or an agent of the College (including all Staff and Faculty) that is directly related to a student, except as listed below.

Educational Records are NOT:

A record made by a staff or faculty member if it is kept in the sole possession of the maker of the record, is used only as a personal memory aid, and is not accessible or revealed to any other person except a temporary substitute for the maker of the record.

Records created and maintained by the St. John’s College Security Office for law enforcement purposes.

An employment record of an individual whose employment is not contingent on the fact that he or she is a student, provided the record is used only in relation to the individual’s employment.

Records made or maintained by a physician, psychiatrist, psychologist or other recognized professionals or paraprofessionals if the records are used only for the treatment of a student and made available only to those persons providing treatment.

Records that contain information about an individual after he or she is no longer a student at the College.

B. Annual Notification: Students will be notified of their FERPA rights annually by publication in the Student Handbook and by an insert in their Fall Registration Packet. January Freshmen will receive the insert in their Spring Registration Packet.

C. Where To Find the Federal Regulations Describing the FERPA Regulations: A copy of the regulations is on file in the Office of the Registrar or at the website: www.ed.gov/offices/OM/fpco/ferpa/

To comply with FERPA, the College has formulated the following policy:

The right to inspect and review the student’s education records.

Procedures for the Inspection/Review of Records:


A. Students may inspect and review their education records upon request to the College Registrar.

The student should submit to the Registrar a written request which identifies as precisely as possible the record or records he or she wishes to inspect.

The Registrar will make arrangements for access as promptly as possible (but within 45 days) and notify the student of the time and place where the records may be inspected. If the records are not maintained by the Registrar, the Registrar shall advise the student of the correct official to whom the request should be addressed. When a record contains information about more than one student, the student may inspect and review only the records that relate to him or her.

B. Limitation on Right to Access: The College reserves the right not to permit a student to inspect the following records:

Financial records of the student’s parents.

Letters and statements of recommendation for which the student has waived his or her right of access, or which were maintained before July 1996.

C. Copies: The College is not required to make copies of records unless the student otherwise would be effectively prevented from exercising his or her right to review and inspect the records (e.g., a former student who lives more than 100 miles from Santa Fe). If copies are provided, the fee will be $0.20 per page. Please note that while the student has a right to review and inspect records, the College will not forward copies of records to third parties if the student has outstanding obligations of any kind to the Financial Aid or Treasurer’s Office. In addition, the College reserves the right to hold the transcripts of students who have outstanding loan obligations at other institutions that participate in federal financial aid programs or if there is an unresolved question of academic dishonesty or other disciplinary infraction involving the student.

D. Type, Location and Custodians of Education Records:

Admission Records: Office of the Registrar, Registrar

Academic Records: Office of the Registrar, Registrar

Financial Records: Office of Treasurer and Financial Aid, Treasurer, Director of Financial Aid

Health Records: Student Health Center, Nurse Practitioner

Placement and Career Services Records: Career Services Office, Director of Career Services

Disciplinary Records Office of the Registrar: Assistant Dean, Registrar

Absence Records: Office of the Assistant Dean, Dean

Some records are not included in the types listed above, such as copies of correspondence in Offices not listed. The Registrar will collect such records, direct the student to their location, or otherwise make them available for inspection and review.

The right to request the amendment of the student’s education records that the student believes are inaccurate, misleading, or otherwise in violation of the student’s privacy rights.

Procedures for Requesting the Amendment of Records:


A. A student must ask the Dean or an appropriate official of the College to amend a record. In so doing, the student should identify the part of the record to be amended and specify why the student believes it is inaccurate, misleading, or in violation of the student’s privacy rights.

B. The Dean or an appropriate official of the College shall decide within a reasonable time whether or not to amend the record as requested. If the College decides not to amend the record, it will notify the student of the decision and advise the student of his or her right to a hearing to challenge the information believed to be inaccurate, misleading, or in violation of the student’s privacy rights.

C. Upon request of the student for a hearing, the College will arrange for a hearing within a reasonable time and notify the student, reasonably in advance, of the date, place and time of the hearing.

D. The hearing will be conducted by an official of the College who does not have a direct interest in the outcome of the hearing. The student shall be afforded a full and fair opportunity to present evidence relevant to the issues raised in the request to amend the student’s education records. The student may be assisted by one or more individuals, including an attorney.

E. The Dean or an appropriate official of the College will prepare a written decision based solely on the evidence presented at the hearing. The decision will include a summary of the evidence presented and the reasons for the decision.

F. If, as a result of the hearing, the College decides that the information is inaccurate, misleading, or in violation of the student’s right of privacy, it will amend the record and notify the student, in writing, that the record has been amended.

G. If, as a result of the hearing, the College decides that the challenged information is not inaccurate, misleading, or in violation of the student’s right of privacy, it will notify the student that he or she has a right to place in the record a statement commenting on the challenged information and/or a statement setting forth reasons for disagreeing with the decision. The statement will be maintained as part of the student’s education records for as long as the contested portion is maintained. Whenever the College discloses the contested portion of the record, it will also disclose the statement.

H. The right to consent to disclosure of personally identifiable information contained in the student’s education records, except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure without consent.

Disclosure of Student Educational Records:


A. In general, the College will disclose personally identifiable information from a student’s education records only with the written consent of the student. However, records may be disclosed without consent under the following conditions:

The disclosure is to other College officials who have a legitimate educational interest in the records.

A College official is:

  • A person employed by the College in an administrative, supervisory, academic or research, or support staff position, including health or medical staff;
  • A person elected to the Board of Visitors and Governors;
  • A person engaged by or under contract to the College, such as attorney or auditor; or
  • A student serving on an official committee, such as a disciplinary or grievance committee, or who is assisting another College official in performing his or her tasks.

A College official has a legitimate educational interest if the official is:

  • Performing a task related to a student's education;
  • Performing a task related to the discipline of a student;
  • Providing a service or benefit relating to the student or student's family.
  • Maintaining the safety and security of the campus.
  • The disclosure is to officials of another school in which a student seeks or intends to enroll.
  • The disclosure is to certain officials of the U.S. Department of Education, U.S. Comptroller General, U.S. Attorney General, or state and local educational authorities, in connection with audit or evaluation of certain State or federally supported education programs.
  • The disclosure is in connection with financial aid for which the student has applied or which the student has received, in order to determine eligibility for, amount of, or conditions of the financial aid, or to enforce the terms and conditions of the aid.
  • The disclosure is to certain state and local officials or authorities concerning the juvenile justice system.
  • The disclosure is to organizations conducting certain studies for or on behalf of the College.
  • The disclosure is to accrediting organizations to carry out their functions.
  • The disclosure is to parents of an eligible student who is claimed as a dependent for income tax purposes. The policy of the College is not to release such information to the parents without the consent of the student except under extraordinary circumstances, and for drug and alcohol violations as described in item 15.
  • The disclosure is to comply with a judicial order or lawfully issued subpoena; the College will make a reasonable attempt to notify the student that it intends to comply with the order or subpoena, unless otherwise directed by the order or subpoena.
  • The disclosure is to a court in a legal action brought by the College against a parent or student.
  • The disclosure is to appropriate parties in connection with a health or safety emergency.
  • The disclosure is information that the College has designated as "directory information" (see below).
  • The disclosure is to a victim of an alleged perpetrator of a crime of violence or a non-forcible sex offense, provided that only the final results of a College disciplinary proceeding with respect to the alleged crime or offense may be disclosed (whether or not the student was found responsible for the violation).
  • The disclosure consists of the final results of a College disciplinary proceeding (after October 7, 1998) against a student who is an alleged perpetrator of a crime of violence or non-forcible sex offense where the student was found responsible for a violation of the College's rules or policies with respect to the allegation, provided that the disclosure may not identify any other student, including a victim or witness, without the prior written consent of that other student.
  • The disclosure is to a student's parent regarding the student's violation of any law or College rule or policy governing the use or possession of alcohol or a controlled substance if the College has determined that the student committed a disciplinary violation with respect to that use or possession, provided that the student is under the age of 21 at the time of the disclosure to the student's parents.
  • The disclosure is in connection with an ex parte order issued at the request of the U.S. Attorney General in connection with investigation or prosecution of terrorism (USA PATRIOT ACT).
  • The disclosure is of information provided to the College concerning registered sex offenders.

A. person to whom the College discloses educational record information may not re-disclose the information without the consent of the student, unless otherwise permitted under FERPA.

B. Record of Requests for Disclosure: The college will maintain a record of requests for access to and disclosure of personally identifiable information from a student's educational records as required by FERPA. The record may be reviewed by the student.

C. Directory Information: In compliance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, the College designates the following categories of information with respect to each student presently or previously attending the college as directory information which may be disclosed by the College at its discretion, without the student's prior written consent: the student's name, home address and home telephone number, local/campus address and local/campus telephone number, e-mail address, photograph, student schedule, dates of attendance, field of study, participation in officially recognized activities and sports, full-time or part-time status, class level (freshman, sophomore, junior, senior, graduate institute), degrees (including dates conferred), anticipated degree date, awards and honors received, essay titles, senior and award essays, hometowns, date and place of birth, previous institution(s) attended.

Current students have a right to inform the College within two weeks of Fall registration that any or all of the above information about the student should not be designated as directory information.

D. The right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures by the College to comply with the requirements of FERPA.

The name and address of the Office that administers FERPA is:

Family Policy Compliance Office
U.S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Avenue SW
Washington, D.C. 20202-4605

Student Disciplinary Files

Student disciplinary files are permanently retained; they are kept separate from the academic records but are a part of the educational file.