Student Privacy

Hiwassee College complies with all of the requirements of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), the Health Information Patient Protection Act (HIPPA), Credit Processing Information protocols, and NIST 800-171 to meet the standards of the Department of Education. We are committed to protecting the privacy of a student’s educational record regardless of delivery method. Because an online environment creates a record of student activity, it is subject to FERPA privacy rights, unlike verbal exchanges in a physical classroom as well as meeting the more stringent criteria of the Department of Education, CPI and HIPPA. 

Identity Verification in Distance Learning Courses
The identity verification process for online courses protects student’s privacy through the use of a secure portal, with a secure login and student-selected password
Faculty Responsibility
Faculty and staff understand and carry out a commitment to confidentiality, integrity, and security to protect the privacy of students who participate in distance learning activities. Students’ records are kept private by the instructor, except in cases where academic staff or administration access the course, with legitimate educational interest under FERPA guidelines. 

In order to maintain course security and protect student privacy, faculty do not access or attempt to access another employee’s or student’s account without authorization as described in the Hiwassee College’s data security policies and acceptable use policy.

Student Responsibility
In order to maintain confidentiality, portal login passwords are generated by the student and any password reset is completed through “secret question” protocol. It is the student’s responsibility to keep their password confidential.


Only work submitted to open forums, like discussion boards, can be accessed by other students; other assignments, grades and correspondence are not viewable by other students only administration/ teaching staff who are specifically assigned access.