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Privacy & Public Information Release Policy
Dr. Paul Szuch, President

By mail:
P.O. Box 10043
Beaumont, TX 77710

By email:
paul.szuch@lit.edu

By fax: (409) 880-1711

In person:
Cecil Beeson Building
Office of the President
Room 249



Privacy & Public Information Release Policy

To request public information from Lamar Institute of Technology, please contact:

Lamar Institute of Technology respects your privacy. The Institute's main web site, located at http://www.lit.edu/ and all pages that begin with that address, follows this privacy policy. Our website does not collect personal information about visitors. Personal information that is provided voluntarily to the Institute through use of email or online forms is used solely for the purpose of assisting you, such as servicing requests for information, responding to inquiries, or resolving technical problems with the website. Requests or inquiries may be forwarded to parties who can better service you.

We do use server logs to collect general information regarding your Internet connection and your visit to our website. This information is compiled and viewed in summarized form to analyze trends, target problem areas, and affect design or technical aspects of the site. Specific information about any one connection to our website will only be provided when legally required to assist law enforcement investigations.

If you have questions or concerns about this privacy policy, the practices of this or other Lamar Institute websites, or your use of this site, please contact the webmaster through postal mail at:

Technology Services Department
Attn: Webmaster
P.O. Box 10043
Beaumont, Texas 77710

Public Information Release Policy

The following information concerning student records maintained by the Institute is published in compliance with the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (PL 93-380).

Access to educational records directly related to a student will be granted unless the type of record is exempted from the provision of the law. The types, locations and names of custodians of educational records maintained by the Institute are available from the the Registrar. Access to records by persons other than the student will be limited to those persons and agencies specified in the statute. Records will be maintained of persons granted such access and the legitimate interest in each case.

The release of information to the public without the consent of the student will be limited to the categories of information which have been designated by the Institute of Technology as directory information and which will be routinely released. The student may request that any or all of this information be withheld from the public by making written request to the Student Services Office. The request must be made by the last official day to register for a given session and applies to that session only. Directory information includes name, current and permanent address, telephone listing, date and place of birth, major and minor, semester hour load, classification, participation in officially recognized activities and sports, weight and height of members of athletic teams, dates of attendance, degrees and awards received, with dates, and the last educational agency or institution attended.

A student has the right to challenge records and information directly related to him or her if it is considered to be inaccurate, misleading or otherwise inappropriate. Issues may be resolved either through an informal hearing with the official immediately responsible or by requesting a formal hearing. The procedures to be followed in a formal hearing are available in the Office of Student Services. The right of parental access to student records may be established by either of two methods; first, by the student's filing a written consent statement and, second, by the parent's validating the student's dependency as defined by IRS.