Bakersfield College

Privacy Act (FERPA)

Student records are protected by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, state law and Kern Community College District Board Policy from access by casual or unauthorized persons. Access to records is provided to the student, appropriate college staff members, persons having written consent of the student, or by court order or subpoena.

The Privacy Act affords Bakersfield College the right to release such “Directory Information” as the student’s:

  • Name
  • Address
  • E-mail address
  • Photographs
  • Telephone number
  • Date and place of birth
  • Major field of study
  • Participation in officially recognized activities and sports
  • Weight and height of members of athletic teams
  • Dates of attendance
  • Degrees and awards received
  • Most recent previous educational agency or institution attended

If a student does not want this information released, the student must check the privacy requested box on the admission/update forms.

Present and former BC students are given the right to inspect, review and challenge the contents of all educational records related to them. No information contained in their educational records may be released without their consent, except to those agencies or individuals authorized by the Act.

Students wishing to inspect, review, or challenge any of their educational records must make a request in writing to the Director of Enrollment Services.

Copies of the Bakersfield College FERPA Policy are available in the Office of Admissions and Records.

Kern Community College District