Confidentiality of student education records is governed by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA). The act specifies that school officials may not disclose personally identifiable information about students nor permit inspection of their records without written permission unless such action is covered by certain exceptions permitted by the act.
Frequently Asked Questions about FERPA (pdf)
Health and Safety Exemption Requirement 34 CFR 99.31(a)(10) & 34 CFR 99.36:
A health and safety exception permits the disclosure of personally identifiable information from a student’s record in case of an immediate threat to the health or safety of students or other individuals.
The school follows the provisions outlined in the regulations as follows:
The school only discloses personally identifiable information from an education record to appropriate parties in connection with an emergency if knowledge of the information is necessary to protect the health or safety of the student or other individuals.
Misrepresentation and Ethical Conduct:
Ethical conduct required of all employees includes providing complete and accurate information about all appropriate facets of the institution and operating with integrity in all matters. This applies to all information regardless of the mode of delivery or audience. Information includes, but is not limited to, programs, institutional charges, the employability of graduates, and the institution’s relationship to accrediting agencies and the Department of Education. If employees become aware of any misrepresentation of institutional information, they are expected to report such incidents immediately to the Director of Human Resources.