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Many college employees have access to confidential information about students, faculty, staff and the institution itself. Such information is privileged and should not be disclosed except as a part of the employee's official job function in compliance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (also known as “FERPA” or the “Buckley Amendment”), with the Maryland Ethics Law and college policy and procedure.
The Public Information Act and the Sunshine Law provide that some information is public information. However, it is not up to an individual employee to release information except as provided by college policy and procedure. Any requests for information not specifically addressed by college policy and procedure and the employee’s job are to be referred to one of the following offices: human resources, records and registration, or public relations and marketing.
Failure to respect confidentiality is cause for disciplinary action.