FERPA Policy

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) affords eligible students certain rights with respect to education records.

1. The student’s right to inspect and review his/her education records within 45 days after the day Penn View Bible Institute (PVBI) receives the request for access.

A student should submit to the registrar a written request that identifies the record(s) the student wishes to inspect. The registrar will make arrangements for access and notify the student of the time and place where the records may be inspected.

2. The right to request the amendment of education records that the student believes to be inaccurate, misleading or otherwise in violation of the student’s privacy rights under FERPA.

A student who wishes to ask PVBI to amend a record should write the registrar, clearly identify the part of the record the student wants changed and specify why it should be changed.

If PVBI decides not to amend the record as requested, the Institute will notify the student in writing of the decision and the student’s 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 disclosures of personally identifiable information.

PVBI discloses education records without a student’s prior written consent under the FERPA exception for disclosure to school officials with legitimate educational interests. A school official is a person employed by Penn View Bible Institute in an administrative, supervisory, academic, research or support staff position; or a person serving on the Board of Directors. A school official also may include a volunteer or contractor outside of PVBI who performs an institutional service of function for which the school would otherwise use its own employees and who is under the direct control of the school with respect to the use and maintenance of personally identifiable information from education records, such as an attorney, auditor or collection agent or a student volunteering to assist another school official in performing his or her tasks. A school official has a legitimate educational interest if the official needs to review an education record in order to fulfill his or her professional responsibilities for PVBI.

4. The right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures by the Institute to comply with the requirements of FERPA.

Written complaints or requests for additional information about FERPA should be submitted to the following address:
Family Policy Compliance Office

U.S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Avenue SW
Washington, DC 20202-5920

5. The following information is considered directory information.

The following information may be released without students’ specific consent. Students may request in writing that this information be withheld, but they should understand that doing so may keep the Institute from assisting the student by automatically issuing information such as enrollment verifications for insurance purposes.

Full Name
Previous Name
Address (local, home, email)
Residence Status
Enrollment Status
Degree Program
Dates of Degrees
Expected Graduation Date
Student Standing
Dates of Attendance
Scholarship Types
Date and Place of Birth
Telephone Listings
Most Recent School Attended
Degrees and Awards Received
Participation in Officially Recognized Activities