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You, the student in my class, are the only person with whom I can discuss your grade.  Without your face-to-face permission, I cannot and will not discuss your grade with anyone else, including your parents, spouse, children, siblings and/or significant other.  In the same way, I cannot discuss your personal data (phone number, address, etc.), disabilities, enrollment status, prior school work, etc. with anyone other than you.*

The result of this is that I cannot send your grades to any e-mail account.  I can't give your grade to your sister, parent, lab partner or anyone else but you, even if you sent them to me to get it.  I can't even talk to them about it.  I normally won't discuss your school issues over the phone.  I will only talk to you, in person, about these topics.  You can see me during class, or set up a formal appointment with me during my office time to discuss your grade or other school matters.

Privacy rules also apply to recommendations and references.  No recommendation or reference, either verbal or written, will be supplied to anyone (including the person requesting it) without submission of a written and signed release with a submission of a formal request PDF for the information (which includes various written and research activities).  References or recommendations, if given, may contain items relating to general impressions and personal character, but will never contain personal data, enrollment status or prior school work/grades.   Contact information will be limited to the instructor's official school e-mail address and/or the school mailing address.

These policies are the result of federal and state law, over which I have no choice and am bound to follow, and are outlined on the school website's Privacy Notifications page.  Please don't ask me to violate any of these rules.

Nothing here is meant to contradict the policy outlined in the current, official Sierra College Catalog or on the official school website.

*There are a few legal exceptions.

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"Once you've lost your privacy, you realize you've lost an extremely valuable thing."

           Billy Graham (1918 - 2018)
           Minister, evangelist
©2013 W. Michael Robinson