What is the FERPA Policy?
In 1974, Congress adopted the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), also known as the Buckley Amendment. This amendment provides that students who are enrolled in post-secondary education are the sole guardians of their own educational records. This means that only your student will have access to his or her record at the University and you may view them only with their written permission.
Access to Academic Records
In accordance with this amendment, all correspondence from the University regarding grades, academic honors and/or discipline will be sent directly to your student at the address they list with the Registrar/Office of Records. In addition, advisors cannot discuss specifics with family members about the student's progress or about any problems that arise without the student's written consent. Please keep in mind that although advisors are not at liberty to divulge specifics, they will be happy to discuss general university policies with family members at any time.
FERPA Policy and Your Student
As a part of the educational process, students are expected to assume responsibility of their own academic progress along with the appropriate communication of that progress with their desired family members. An open relationship between students and family is essential so that students feel free to share both achievements and disappointments.
More information about FERPA can be found on the Registrar Office website.