Dallas County Community College District's (DCCCD) Privacy Commitment is based on two principles. We promise to:
DCCCD and the colleges of DCCCD are bound by the Texas Public Information Act and the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). Continue reading for more detailed information about DCCCD's Privacy and Security Commitment.
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The Texas Public Information Act requires disclosure of information by a public body -- unless the law specifically protects the information. Most information kept by a public body is public under the Act. The State Attorney General enforces this Act. View
additional information about the Texas Public Information Act.
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FERPA protects educational records of a student from public disclosure without written permission of the student. Although many exceptions to the Act exist, the exceptions are very limited. The Department of Education enforces this Act. View
additional information about FERPA.
Download the FERPA Release/Proxy Authorization Form (PDF - 155KB).
Download the FERPA Release/Proxy Authorization Form in Word format (DOCX - 29.2KB).
Unless you request that your information be withheld, to comply with FERPA, DCCCD may release information classified as "directory information" to third parties without the written consent of the student. Directory information includes:
The primary purpose of directory information is to allow the college to disclose this information, without a student's written permission, to the public and/or anyone inquiring in person, by phone, or in writing, and to use this information within the college without a student's written permission.
For example, the college may use the information in college publications, such as the honor roll or other recognition lists; graduation programs; and sports activity sheets, showing weight and height of team members.
Directory information may be provided to outside organizations which include, but are not limited to, companies that manufacture class rings or publish yearbooks, Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, National Society of Collegiate Scholars, and other academic honor societies for students who are eligible to be considered for membership.
The college may disclose directory information unless the student provides written notice to the college to protect it from disclosure.
This notice is available at the Admissions/Registrar's Office upon request.
This notification authorizes the college not to list directory information in its publications or to disclose it to the public. This notice will remain in effect until the student withdraws it.
No telephone requests for directory information will be accepted.
If a student chooses to withhold any or all directory information, that information cannot be released any other party, including, but not limited to, another institution of education, prospective employer, family, friends, the news media, advisors, student activities, and honors societies.
Therefore, if another party seeks confirmation of status as a student, the college will not be able to provide that information without written consent from the student.
The college is not responsible for anything that may or may not occur as a result of honoring your request to withhold directory information.
Transcripts or academic records are not released without a student's written consent except as allowed by law.
Students may request that all or any part of the directory information be withheld from the public by giving written notice to the Registrar's Office during the first 12 class days of a fall or spring semester or the first 4 class days of a summer session.
Students may protect their directory information at any time during the academic year if they are unable to provide written notice within these time frames.
DCCCD's web servers only record the visitor's Internet Protocol (IP) address.
We also use additional services to record and review additional information about our users to improve the user experience, our services and gauge the effectiveness of our advertising. If you don’t want to participate in this tracking, you can always opt out by using an Internet browser or plugin that blocks advertising or tracking services.
These services include:
Currently enrolled (or recently enrolled) credit students who are registered at one of DCCCD's nine locations can obtain access to their personal information through eConnect, a secure web interface that requires you to enter your student identification number and a password. The following information is available to registered students:
Currently enrolled (or recently enrolled students) credit students can correct their Student Information Profile and email address online through eConnect.
If any of the remaining personal information in your student record contains an error, please visit the Registrar's Office and request that the error be corrected. Make sure you take a photo identification card with you.
DCCCD has carefully implemented the information technology industry's best practices in security measures to ensure that:1) the information you entrust to us is not intercepted or abused; and 2) to protect against the loss, misuse and alteration of the information under our control.
Industry standard technologies like Secure Socket Layers (SSL) are used to protect your credit card information, email address, social security number and other information so it cannot be read as it travels on the Internet.
Verisign, the leading provider of digital trust services, provides secure payment processing for your online transactions with DCCCD's eConnect. For Verisign's security information please visit their website at verisign.com/truste.
Please send comments or questions to
DCCCD's senior managing director of digital communications.