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Lehman College Records Policy

Prohibition on Submission of Fraudulent Admission Documents:

The submission of documents in support of applications for admission such as transcripts, diplomas, test scores, references, or the applications themselves, that are forged, fraudulent, altered from the original, materially incomplete, obtained under false pretenses, or otherwise deceptive (collectively referred to as fraudulent documents) is prohibited and is punishable by a five-year bar on applying for admission or five year suspension from CUNY. A second violation is punishable by a lifetime ban on applying for admission or expulsion from CUNY.

When fraudulent admissions documents are discovered prior to an applicant's enrollment, sanctions will be imposed centrally. A first offense will be punishable by a five-year bar on applying for admission and a second offense will result in a lifetime ban. The accused applicant will have the opportunity to appeal to the Vice Chancellor for Student Development.

If the fraudulent admissions document is discovered after the student completes registration or begins classes at a college, the student shall be suspended for five years with the right to appeal through the college student disciplinary process. A second offense results in expulsion.

If the fraudulent admissions document is discovered after the student has already graduated, the graduate shall be notified in writing and shall be entitled to a disciplinary hearing under Article 15 of the Board Bylaws. If the disciplinary committee sustains the charges, the committee may impose a five-year suspension and in addition recommend the revocation of the degree. A second violation results in expulsion. Any recommendation to revoke a degree is subject to the approval by the Board of Trustees after considering the recommendation of the faculty of the college.

Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (F.E.R.P.A)

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (F.E.R.P.A.) affords students certain rights with respect to their education records. They are:

  1. The right to inspect and review the student's education records.

    Students should submit to the registrar, dean, head of the academic department, or other appropriate official, written requests that identify the record(s) they wish to inspect. If the records are not maintained by the College official to whom the request was submitted, that official shall advise the student of the correct official to whom the request should be addressed.

    All requests shall be granted or denied in writing within 15 days of receipt. If the request is granted, the student will be notified of the time and place where the records may be inspected. If the request is denied or not responded to within 15 days, the student may appeal. Additional information regarding the appeal procedures will be provided to the student if a request is denied.

  2. The right to request the amendment of the student's education records that the student believes are inaccurate or misleading.

    Students may ask the College to amend a record that they believe is inaccurate or misleading. They should write to the College official responsible for the record, clearly identify the part of the record they want changed, and specify why it is inaccurate or misleading.

    If the College decides not to amend the record as requested by the student, the College will notify the student of the decision and advise the student of his or her right to a hearing regarding the request for amendment. Additional information regarding the hearing procedures will be provided to the student when notified of the right to a hearing.

  3. The right to consent to disclosure of personally identifiable information contained in the student's education records, except to the extent that F.E.R.P.A. authorizes disclosure without consent.

    One exception which permits disclosure without consent is disclosure to school officials with legitimate educational interests. A school official is a person employed by the University in an administrative, supervisory, academic or research, or support staff position; a person or company with whom the University has contracted; a person serving on the Board of Trustees; or a student serving on an official committee, such as a disciplinary or grievance committee, or assisting another school official in performing his or her tasks.

    A school official has a legitimate educational interest if access is reasonably necessary in order to perform his/her instructional, research, administrative, or other duties and responsibilities.

    Upon request, the College discloses education records without consent to officials of another school in which a student seeks or intends to enroll.

  4. You may appeal the alleged denial of F.E.R.P.A. rights to the:
    General Counsel and Vice Chancellor for Legal Affairs
    The City University of New York
    535 East 80th Street
    New York, NY 10075
  5. The right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures by the College to comply with the requirements of F.E.R.P.A.

    The name and address of the Office that administers F.E.R.P.A. are:
    Family Policy Compliance Office
    U.S. Department of Education
    600 Independence Avenue, SW
    Washington, DC 20202-4605

  6. The College may make the following "directory information" concerning current and former students available to those parties having a legitimate interest in the information: a student's name, attendance dates, telephone listing, home address, present address, date of birth, place of birth, photograph, E-mail address, full-or part-time status, class schedule, class roster (list), participation in officially recognized activities other than sports, participation in sports (teams), height if member of an athletic team, weight if member of an athletic team, previous schools attended, major and minor fields of study, and degrees and awards received. By filing a form with the Registrar's Office, a student or former student may request that any or all of the above information not be released without his or her prior written consent. This form may be completed, withdrawn, or modified at any time.

Last modified: 3/11/2014