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FERPA for Faculty and Staff

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA) protects the privacy of student education records. As college employees, all faculty and staff must understand and abide by the rules governing access to and privacy of student records. Faculty and staff should review the FERPA annual notification and related information to familiarize themselves with the basic requirements of FERPA.  

In accordance with FERPA, student education records are made available to faculty and staff members who have a need to know (legitimate educational interest) when fulfilling their official responsibilities at Smith College. Such educational records are considered confidential and released on the condition that they will be used for a specified educational purpose and that officials will not permit third party access to the information without the written consent of the student involved.

Additional Faculty and Staff Resources:

FERPA Web Tutorial

U.S. Department of Education, Family Policy Compliance Office - Information for School Officials

Classroom Scheduling

The registrar's office is responsible for assigning all courses and sections to classrooms. During the early registration period, our scheduling coordinator will survey all instructors about their space needs and preferences. Room assignments are based on registration figures, enrollment limits, technology needs and, if possible, instructor preferences.

The Classroom Committee, a subcommittee of the Committee on Academic Priorities (CAP), reviews and monitors the use and conditions of all general-purpose classrooms that are scheduled by the registrar's office. The committee has an annual budget for classroom repairs and furnishing replacements and solicits notifications of problems in campus classrooms. For more information, contact Sandra Blaney.

Graduation Rates

In accordance with the Student Right-To-Know and Campus Security Act, the average graduation rate as of 2014 for students who enter Smith College as first-year students is 86 percent. The period covered is equal to 150 percent of the normal time for graduation.