Federal Regulations

Over the years several regulations have been adopted that have as their purpose the protection of students' rights. Of particular interest are the following:

Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 as amended, provides that no otherwise handicapped individual in the United States . . . shall, solely by reason of his/her handicap, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving federal financial assistance. For more information, contact the Learning Support and Disabilities Services director.

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 A comprehensive, federal civil rights law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of disabilities in employment, state and local government programs and activities, public accommodations, transportation, and telecommunications. For more information, contact the Learning Support and Disabilities Services director.

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) otherwise known as "The Buckley Amendment," provides students with access to their school records. FERPA makes four guarantees to postsecondary students. These rights include the following:

  • The right to inspect and review the student's education records within 45 days of the day the University receives a request for access.
  • The right to request the amendment of the student's education records that the student believes are inaccurate, misleading, or otherwise in violation of the student's privacy rights under FERPA. 
  • The right to provide written consent before the University discloses personally identifiable information from the student's education records, except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure without consent.
  • The right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures by the University to comply with the requirements of FERPA.

A detailed outline of the The College of Idaho "Student Records Policy"  is contained in the Student Records section of the student handbook.

Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972 is the federal law prohibiting sex discrimination in educational institutions. The law states that "no person in the United States shall on the basis of sex be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving federal financial assistance." 

The Title IX coordinator for The College of Idaho is Reagan Rossi, 208-459-5855, [email protected]. Any inquiries regarding Title IX compliance should be directed to the Title IX Coordinator and/or the Office for Civil Rights.

Students' Right to Know Act and Campus Security Act of 1990 requires the disclosure of information on completion and graduation rates, as well as security policies and procedures, crimes and crime rates. This information is in a variety of campus publications, including this Student Handbook and the Institutional Research Office's website. It is also available upon request.

The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (Clery) requires all colleges and universities, both public and private, that participate in federal financial student aid programs to keep and disclose information about crime on and near their respective campuses.

The Campus Sexual Violence Elimination Act (SaVE) refers to the recent Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) amendments to the Clery Act. The Campus SaVE Act is a 2013 amendment to the Clery Act, expanding the scope of this legislation in terms of reporting, response, and prevention education requirements around rape, acquaintance rape, domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking. (The Campus SaVE Act)

 The Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 (VAWA) enacted on March 7, 2013, improves and expands legal tools and grant programs addressing domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking. VAWA 2013 reauthorizes critical grant programs created by the original Violence Against Women Act and subsequent legislation, estgablishes new programs, and strengthens Federal laws. (Office on Violence Against Women).