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Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

Under the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA), the information in student files may only be released under specific conditions. Current or former students of Otero College have complete access to their records and may view them upon request at the Student Services Center. If records contain errors, appeals in writing must be submitted to the Vice President of Student Services.


The following are considered public information and may appear in college directories, publications and news releases, or be disclosed to anyone inquiring:

  • Student Name
  • Major Field of Study
  • Dates of Attendance
  • Degrees and Awards Received
  • Most Recent Educational Institution Attended
  • Enrollment Status (i.e. full-time, three-quarter time, half-time, less than half-time, withdrawn, graduated or deceased)
  • Participation in Officially Recognized Activities and Sports
  • Height, Weight, and High School Attended (only for students in officially recognized activities and sports)