Access to Information Laws

Federal Laws

State Laws


Access to Information Policies

The State University of New York College at Plattsburgh is a state agency, and the majority of information and records held by SUNY Plattsburgh is available to the public. However, there are certain Federal and State laws that do apply to the release of information specifying to whom such records can be released to and when. While not all laws are identified, here are four laws that do apply to publicly and personally identifiable information.

Federal Laws

Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (also called the Buckley Amendment) is a Federal law that protects the privacy of student educational records. For more information concerning FERPA and what information can be released, go to

Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)
SUNY Plattsburgh is legally required to protect the privacy of health information of all students and clients of such campus services, including, but not limited to, Center for Student Health and Psychological Services, Counseling Services Center, Neuropsychology Clinic, Speech and Hearing Center, and Traumatic Brain Injury Center. For more information on HIPAA and compliance issues at SUNY Plattsburgh, go to


New York State Laws

Freedom of Information Law (FOIL)
The Freedom of Information Law allow citizens the opportunity to review records and actions of its state and local governments in an effort to ensure that government is responsive and responsible to the public. As a state agency, the State University of New York College at Plattsburgh is subject to the Freedom of Information Law. For more information on FOIL, go to

Personal Privacy Protection Law (PPPL)
The Personal Privacy Protection Law pertains to personal information collected and maintained by state agencies. The law enables individuals to correct or amend records pertaining to them, grants individuals broad rights of access to records pertaining to them, and prohibits the release of personal information, except under circumstances specified in the Law. For more information about Personal Privacy Protection Law at SUNY Plattsburgh, go to

Contact Information

If you have any questions regarding the College's policies on access to information, please contact:

Sean Dermody
Assistant to the Vice President for Administration
Phone: (518) 564-2539
Email: [email protected]