Student Right-to-Know Information

The Student Right-to-Know Act
The Student Right-to-Know Act was enacted in 1990 by federal law.  The law requires institutions that receive Title IV HEA student financial aid to collect, report and/or disclose graduation rates for full-time, first-time, degree-seeking undergraduate students and students receiving athletically related student aid.

Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act
The Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) was implemented in 1974 as a federal law to protect the privacy of student education records. FERPA also gives students the right to review their education records, seek to amend inaccurate information in their records, and provide consent for the disclosure of their records. This law applies to all schools that receive funds under an applicable program of the U.S. Department of Education.

The Clery Act
The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act is a federal law that requires colleges and universities to disclose crime statistics that happen on and around their campuses. The law was originally known as the Crime Awareness and Campus Security Act of 1990 and was amended and renamed in 1998 after Jeanne Clery, a Lehigh University student who was assaulted and murdered in her residence hall on April 5, 1986.  This information is published in the annual Georgia College Public Safety Report.

Drug and Alcohol Abuse Policy and Prevention Plan
The Drug Free Schools and Communities Act Amendments of 1989 requires institutions who participate in federal student aid programs to provide information to its students, faculty, and employees to prevent drug and alcohol abuse. Information about programming opportunities, assistance programs available to students and employees with suspected drug or alcohol problems, and the possible repercussions of violating state and institutional drug and alcohol policies is available in the annual Georgia College Public Safety Report.

Equity in Athletics
Any coeducational institution of higher education that participates in a federal student aid program and has an intercollegiate athletics program is required to publish an annual Equity in Athletics report.  This report contains participation rates, financial support, and other information on its men's and women's intercollegiate athletic programs.  This report may be obtained from the Georgia College Athletics Office and is also available from the Office of Post secondary Education website.

Other Institutional Information
Federal legislation also requires the release of institutional information regarding the cost of attendance; accreditation; equity; and academic program data; facilitates and services to disabled students; financial assistance available to students and requirements and restrictions imposed on Title IV; withdrawal; and refund policies. This information is also published annually in the Georgia College Catalog.

For questions regarding forms on this page, please notify The Office of the Registrar at registrar@gcsu.edu or at 478-445-6286. 

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