How does Seneca Tech adhere to FERPA

Understanding FERPA

What is FERPA?

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) is a federal law in the United States that protects the privacy of student education records. Enacted in 1974, FERPA applies to all schools that receive funds under an applicable program of the U.S. Department of Education.

FERPA Requirements and Objectives:

- Privacy of Education Records: FERPA gives parents or eligible students (those over 18 or attending a post-secondary institution) the right to inspect and review the student's education records maintained by the school.

- Control Over Disclosure: Schools must have written permission from the parent or eligible student to release any information from a student's education record. However, FERPA allows schools to disclose records, without consent, to the following parties or under certain conditions (such as for health and safety emergencies).

- Right to Request Record Correction: Parents or eligible students have the right to request that a school correct records believed to be inaccurate or misleading.

Why does Seneca Tech Adhere to FERPA

At Seneca Tech Ventures LLC, our adherence to FERPA is a reflection of our dedication to excellence and respect for privacy in the educational sector. We understand the importance of handling student data with the utmost care and professionalism.

A Mark of Trust and Reliability:

Our compliance with FERPA standards is a cornerstone of our operations, ensuring that we maintain the highest levels of trust and reliability with our educational partners. We handle sensitive data with the respect and security it deserves, reinforcing our role as a trusted ally in the education community.

Enhancing Educational Integrity:

By aligning with FERPA guidelines, we contribute to maintaining the integrity of the educational process. Our practices ensure that student data is used appropriately and responsibly, supporting the academic journey of each student we serve.

Professional and Ethical Standards:

Our commitment to FERPA is more than just a legal obligation; it reflects our core values of professionalism and ethical responsibility. We believe in creating a secure and respectful environment for all educational data.

In essence, our adherence to FERPA is a testament to our commitment to providing top-tier services while respecting the privacy and integrity of the educational community.

How does Seneca Tech Adhere to FERPA

1. Minimizing Student Information Required for Grading:

To comply with FERPA, Seneca Tech Ventures LLC emphasizes minimal collection of student data. Only essential information necessary for grading is collected, ensuring that excess personal data is not stored or processed.

2. Separate Storage of Student Attempts and Identifiable Information:

Student attempts and their actual names or IDs are stored separately. This practice ensures that the grading process is kept distinct from identifiable student data, enhancing privacy and security.

3. Anonymizing Data through Encryption:

To further protect student privacy, Seneca Tech encrypts names and IDs. This encryption is robust and can only be decrypted with a specific key, which adds a layer of security to the handling of sensitive student information.

4. Deletion of Data Post-Processing:

Once grading is completed, Seneca Tech ensures that any encrypted names are deleted. This measure guarantees that there is no identifiable information left on the platform that could be linked back to individual students. This practice aligns with FERPA's emphasis on the control and minimization of student data dissemination.