Federal law requires post-secondary schools to make their programs and services available to all students, including students with disabilities. Online technologies can make many more resources and educational opportunities available to students who would not otherwise be able to participate. These same technologies can also pose other limitations that must be overcome.
A student’s educational records are, in fact, protected under federal law with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) legislation. Passed by Congress in 1974, the act grants four specific rights to the student:
- The right to see the information that the institution is keeping on the student
- The right to seek amendment to those records and in certain cases appends a statement to the record
- The right to consent to disclosure of his/her records
- The right to file a complaint with the FERPA Office in Washington
The policies that regulate appropriate computing practice include selecting good passwords for your computer accounts and making sure your use of UH computing accounts and other resources is legal and ethical. These policies help to provide a secure and safe environment for all computer users associated with Leeward CC.