Admissions and Records

Privacy Information

In accordance with institutional policy and the U.S. Family Education Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA), Western Nevada College vigorously protects the privacy of student educational records. FERPA was enacted to protect the privacy of educational records and to provide guidelines for the correction of inaccurate of misleading data.

No one shall have access to, nor will WNC disclose any non-directory information from a student's educational records without the written consent of the student except to college staff and student employees performing an assigned college function, authorized representatives from federal and state agencies, officials of other institutions in which the student seeks to enroll, accrediting agencies carrying out their accreditation functions, military recruiter as specified in the Soloman Amendment, persons in compliance with a judicial order, officials providing student financial aid, the audit firm retained by the Nevada System of Higher Education, the data warehouse for the NSHE or designated institutional research personnel, any agencies engaged by WNC to act on its behalf, and persons in an emergency to protect the health/and/or safety of students, or other persons. WNC does not release information to parents of students regardless of dependence status without prior written consent of the student. A student is defined as an individual who has applied to WNC and who is or has been in attendance at WNC.

The institution does not release the records of individual students, such as grades and class schedules, without prior written consent of the student. As permitted under federal law, an exception to the above practice is the release of "directory" information considered to be public in nature and not general deemed to be an invasion of privacy. At Western Nevada College, the following categories are defined as "directory" information: student name, city, state, residency status, full-time/part-time status, graduation date, major/degree, academic honors, dates of attendance and whether currently enrolled, and photographs from college sanctioned events.

Students have the right to request non-disclosure of directory information. If they do not restrict release of this information, the information may be released or disclosed. WNC assumes that failure to specifically request the withholding of directory information indicates individual approval for disclosure. Directory information may be provided for commercial purposes to businesses affiliated with the institution, honor societies, the alumni association and foundation, or other individuals for purposes that may be beneficial to students. WNC exercises discretion in responding to requests for directory information and may or may not provide such information when requested, depending on the intended purpose of the request. The institution does not sell or rent student information for a fee. WNC does not provide telephone numbers or class schedules to outside inquires.

It is important to consider carefully the potential consequences of restricting the release of directory information. If a student restricts release for non-commercial purpose, the institution will be unable to place the student's name in publications such as honors and graduation programs; to confirm graduation and dates of attendance to potential employers, to verify enrollment with organizations such as insurance companies; or to send notifications about specialized scholarships without the express written authorization of the student.

If, after due consideration, you wish to restrict the release of directory information, you may request this through myWNC or submit a Request for Confidential Status of Directory Information form and submit to Admissions and Records. This directive will apply permanently to your record, even after graduation, until you choose to reverse it by submitting a written authorization to Admissions and Records.

FERPA provides a student with the right to inspect and review information in his/her education records, the right to seek to amend education records and the right to have some control over the disclosure of information from education records. WNC is not required to provide copies of such records to students. If a student disagrees with some information in his/her educational records, he/she may challenge that information. If the situation is not resolved to the student's satisfaction, the student may request a hearing. If the student disagrees with the results of that hearing, he/she may submit explanation statements for inclusions in his/her file. Contact Admissions and Records for additional information.

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