Consumer Information

Irene’s is Nationally Accredited by ACCET, the Accrediting Council for Continuing Education & Training. The following information and links are mandated by the Federal Department of Education with the required reporting date ranges.  If you should have any questions, do not hesitate to call Irene’s at 248-350-1400.

Student Records & The Federal Family Educational Rights To Privacy Act

The Institute complies with the Federal Family Education Rights to Privacy Act (FERPA), which governs access to, and confidentiality of, student education records. This law protects the privacy of student education records and applies to schools that receive funds under an applicable program of the U.S. Department of Education. FERPA also gives eligible students the right to inspect and review the student’s education records maintained by the school. If a student wishes to view their file, they are invited to make an appointment with their advisor to do so. The school must grant a student access to his or her records within 45 days after receiving a written request for access. Upon inspection of the records, the student has the right to request that a school correct records which they believe to be inaccurate or misleading. If the school decides not to amend the record, the student then has the right to a formal hearing. After the hearing, if the school still decides not to amend the record, the student has a right to place a statement with the record setting forth his or her view about contested information. 

The Institute must have written permission from the eligible student in order to release any information from a student’s education record. At the time of the student’s exit interview, they are given the opportunity to sign an authorization form granting Irene’s permission to release information from their file to professional organizations in which they seek membership or potential employers with whom they seek employment. However, FERPA allows schools to disclose those records, without consent, to the following parties or under the following conditions:  

  • School officials with legitimate educational interest
  • Other schools to which a student is transferring
  • Specified officials for audit or evaluation purposes
  • Appropriate parties in connection with financial aid to a student
  • Organizations conducting certain studies for or on behalf of the school
  • Accrediting organizations
  • To comply with a judicial order or lawfully issued subpoena
  • Appropriate officials in cases of health and safety emergencies
  • State and local authorities, pursuant to specific State law.

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