Release of Educational Information for a Deceased Student
According to FERPA, the privacy interests of an individual expire with that individual’s death. Accordingly, the FPCO (Family Privacy Compliance Office) has determined that the disposition of records held by an institution pertaining to a deceased eligible student is not a FERPA issue but a matter of institutional policy and/or state law.
Within the first year following the death of a student, the College will release the educational records of the individual student under the following condition(s):
- The student has submitted a signed Authorization to Release Educational Records form which designed the person(s) eligible to request and/or receive educational records. Authorized person must submit a signed request for records which can be mailed, faxed, or hand-delivered to Admissions.
- The student has officially designated the person(s) as an emergency contact. Authorized person must submit a signed request for records which can be mailed, faxed, or hand-delivered to Admissions
- The person(s) is the Executor/Executrix of the student’s estate
- In response to a legal subpoena
The College will respond to requests for records in a timely manner, but records, with the exception of an unofficial transcript, will not be produced the same day. Requested documents will be mailed to the requestor.
After one year has elapsed following the death of an individual student, the College may release the educational records of an individual student at its discretion.