A parent, legal guardian or Eligible Student has the right to request the amendment of the student’s education records that the parent, legal guardian or Eligible Student believes are inaccurate, misleading, or otherwise in violation of the student’s privacy rights under FERPA. Parents, legal guardians or Eligible Students who wish to ask the School to amend the student’s education record should submit a written request to the School, clearly identify the part of the record they want changed, and specify why it should be changed. If the School decides not to amend the record as requested, the School will notify the parent, legal guardian or Eligible Student of the decision in writing. The parent, legal guardian, or Eligible Student then has the right to request and receive a records hearing review. The request must be made in writing. At this time, additional information shall be provided to the parent, legal guardian, or Eligible Student regarding the hearing procedures.
FERPA was intended to require only that schools conform to fair recordkeeping practices and not to override the accepted standards and procedures for making academic assessments, disciplinary rulings, or placement determinations. Thus, while FERPA affords a parent, legal guardian or Eligible Student the right to request to amend education records which they believe are inaccurate, this right cannot be used to challenge a grade, an opinion, or a substantive decision made by a school about a student. Additionally, if FERPA's amendment procedures are not applicable to a parent, legal guardian, or Eligible Student's request for amendment of education records, the School is not required to hold a hearing in the matter.