Federal law and Cincinnati State’s own policies impose certain limitations on the information that may be released without a student’s consent.

Cincinnati State, in accordance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA), as amended, has designated the following information regarding its students as directory (public) information that may be released without the written consent of the student:

  • Name
  • Address
  • Email address and/or telephone number
  • Program (degree or certificate)
  • Dates of attendance
  • Degrees and awards received (including dates of graduation and major)
  • Most recent previous educational agency or institution attended
  • Enrollment status (part-time or full-time), including date(s) of change(s) in status if specifically requested.

All other information is confidential and will be released to individuals or agencies outside of the College only with written consent from the student, as otherwise required by law, or to Cincinnati State’s academic partners as described below.

Students have the right to withhold directory information from the public if they desire. Each student who wants all directory information withheld is required to inform the Office of the Registrar in writing. At least five days should be allowed for processing such requests.

Upon receipt of a written request to withhold directory information, the Office of the Registrar will place a hold on the student’s record alerting staff in the Office of the Registrar the student has requested that no information be provided. No information will be released, regardless of any authorizations the student has completed either before or after notification has been submitted to the Office of the Registrar.

Cincinnati State has established formal academic partnerships with several four-year colleges and universities to facilitate transfer of Cincinnati State associate’s degree graduates to baccalaureate programs. Directory information plus addresses, telephone numbers, and e-mail addresses of Cincinnati State students who have achieved 80+ credit hours earned and a 2.00 minimum grade point average will be provided periodically to Cincinnati State’s academic partners.

Cincinnati State receives many inquiries for directory information from various sources, including prospective employers, insurance companies, loan agencies, other institutions of higher education, government agencies, and news media. All students are advised to carefully consider the consequences of a decision to withhold directory information. If a student requests to have directory information withheld, the student is required to provide written consent to the Office of the Registrar for any and all information to be released. Students requesting that directory information be withheld are not able to register through the web registration service.

Photographs are taken and film or video recording of students at College events occurs throughout the academic year for informational, promotional, and recruitment purposes. Students who do not wish to be included in these visuals must inform the College Marketing Department prior to such events, and should make their wishes known if they are in the vicinity of such activity.

Notification of Rights under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act

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

  1. The right to inspect and review the student’s educational records within 45 days of the date that Cincinnati State receives a request for access. Students should submit to the registrar, dean, program chair, or other appropriate official a written request that identifies the record(s) they wish to inspect. The College official will make arrangements for access and notify the student of the time and place where the records may be inspected. If the records are not maintained by the College official to whom the request was submitted, that official shall advise the student of the correct official to whom the request should be addressed.
  2. The right to ask the College to amend a record that a student believes is inaccurate or misleading. The student should write to the College official responsible for the record, clearly identify the part of the record he or she believes should be changed, and specify why it is inaccurate or misleading.
    • If the College decides not to amend the record as requested by the student, the 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.
  3. 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. One exception which permits disclosure without consent is disclosure to school officials with legitimate educational interests. A school official is:
    • A person employed by the College in an administrative, supervisory, academic or research, or support staff position (including law enforcement unit personnel).
    • A person or company with whom the 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.
  4.  A College official has a legitimate educational interest if the official needs to review an education record in order to fulfill his or her professional responsibility.
  5. The right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures by Cincinnati State 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.

For more information, contact the Office of the Registrar by phone at (513) 569-1522 or by email registraroffice@cincinnatistate.edu.