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Retention of Records

Three Rivers maintains the permanent records on all students: admission, academic, and financial aid. The records are retained in accordance with the State of Connecticut retention policies and schedules. Accordingly, secondary documents are periodically purged from student files after mandated periods of retention have expired.

Students Rights Under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)
  1. The right to inspect and review the student’s education records within 45 days of the day the College receives a request for access. Students should submit to the registrar, dean, head of the academic department, or other appropriate official, written requests that identify the record(s) they wish to inspect. The College official will make arrangements for access and notify the student of the time and place where the records may be inspected. If the records are not maintained by the College official to whom the request was submitted, that official shall advise the student of the correct official to whom the request should be addressed.
  2. The right to request amendment of an education record that the student believes is inaccurate. Students may ask an appropriate College official to amend a record that they believe is inaccurate. The student should write to the College official, clearly identify the part of the record he or she wants changed, and specify why he/she believes it is inaccurate. The College will notify the student of the decision. If the College decides not to amend the record as requested by the student, the College will advise the student of his or her right to a hearing regarding the request for amendment. Additional information regarding the hearing procedures will be provided to the student when notified of the right to a hearing.

    NOTE: FERPA is not intended to provide a process to question substantive judgments that are correctly recorded. For example, the right of challenge does not allow a student to contest a grade in a course because the student believes that a higher grade should have been assigned.

  3. The right to consent to disclosure of personally identifiable information contained in the student’s education records, except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure without consent. FERPA permits disclosure without consent to school officials with legitimate educational interests. A “school official” includes but is not limited to the following: a person employed by the College in an administrative, supervisory, academic, research or support staff position (including law enforcement and security personnel, counseling and health staff); a person or company with whom the College has contracted (such as an attorney, auditor, collection agent or official of the National Student Clearinghouse); a person serving on the Board of Trustees who is authorized to act on its behalf; or a student serving on an official committee, such as a disciplinary or grievance committee, or assisting another school official in performing his or her tasks. A school official has a legitimate educational interest if the official needs to review an education record in order to fulfill his or her professional responsibilities.

    FERPA also permits disclosure of education records without consent in connection with, but not limited to:

    • to comply with a judicial order or a lawfully issued subpoena
    • to appropriate parties in a health or safety emergency
    • to officials of another school, upon request, in which the student seeks or intends to enroll
    • in connection with a student’s request for or receipt of financial aid, as necessary to determine the eligibility, amount or conditions of the financial aid, or to enforce the terms and conditions of the aid
    • to certain officials of the U.S. Department of Education, the Comptroller General, to state and local educational authorities, in connection with certain state or federally supported education programs
    • to accrediting organizations to carry out their functions
    • to organizations conducting certain studies for or on behalf of the College
    • the results of an institutional disciplinary proceeding against the alleged perpetrator of a crime of violence to the alleged victim of that crime with respect to that crime.
    • directory information as defined in the policy of the Board of Trustees.
  4. The right to refuse to permit the College to release directory information about the student, except to school officials with a legitimate educational interest and others as indicated in paragraph 3. This is called the “Opt-Out” option. A student exercising this right must notify the Registrar in writing. There is an “Opt Out” form on the college website that can be used for this purpose. Once filed, this notification becomes a permanent part of the student’s record until the student instructs the College, in writing, to remove it.
  5. The right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures by Colleges to comply with the requirements of FERPA. The name and address of the Office is available in the Registrar’s Office.

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Academic Services

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Tutoring and Academic Success Centers (TASC)

Distance Learning (eLearning or Online Learning)

Service Learning

Developmental Courses

The College offers developmental courses in reading, writing, and math. These courses are designed to help students whose academic skills need improvement before they take required courses in their plan of study. Developmental classes provide individual support and concentrate on the specific skills students need for academic success. Areas of emphasis are covered under each course description.

Servicemembers Opportunity College (SOC)

Many service members and their families enroll annually in a variety of college courses ranging from computer science, management and accounting to math, social science, and the humanities. The College has served as a Servicemembers Opportunity College, maintaining an office and classrooms at the Naval Submarine Base in Groton. College courses, academic counseling, and registration for service members and their families are provided. College credit courses are offered in the Educational Services Center in Building 83 on the Subase. College credit is awarded for military training in conjunction with the ACE Guide.

Three Rivers also belongs to the SOCNAV and SOCCOAST Network, which affords Service members and their spouses the opportunity to complete their TRCC degree when relocating. Eligible students should contact the Subase Coordinator or Registrar for information about completing a SOC agreement. As a SOC College, Three Rivers is part of a network of two-year institutions that has agreed to accept, in transfer, what they have previously determined to be comparable course work in a given curriculum. Student agreements are made with active duty military students and their spouses at no charge and make it easier to transfer credits and complete degrees when relocating. The SOC office, located at the Subase in Building 83, is open Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. The phone number is (860) 445-5575.

Our Missions

Board of Regents for Higher Education's Mission Statement

Three Rivers Community College’s Mission Statement

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