The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) regulates the disclosure of student academic information to a parent. Under FERPA, parents may have access to their child’s academic records if the student gives written consent. If a student chooses to give a parent/guardian access to their academic records, they need to complete a permission form in the University Registrar’s Office, or their Dean’s Office. This form may allow the parent/guardian to speak with certain faculty/administrators concerning their students’ academic records and certain disciplinary matters. It also allows the release of grades to the parent/guardian. Please note that a faculty member or administrator has the right to decline to discuss academic/disciplinary information with the parent/guardian.
A student’s education records may also be released to a parent, without consent of the student, in the following circumstances:
- the student is claimed as a dependent for federal income tax purposes
- if the knowledge of the information is necessary to protect the health or safety of the student or other students
- the student is under age 21 and has violated any Federal, State, local law or policy concerning the use or possession of alcohol or a controlled substance.
Parents claiming a student as a dependent must present a copy of their income tax statement claiming the student as a dependent to the University Registrar’s Office, in person or via fax, 215-951-1785.