Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act

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, the student may complete a “Student Consent to Release Educational Records” form in the University Registrar’s Office, or their Dean’s Office.  This form may allow a third party designee to speak with specific administrators concerning their students’ academic records and certain disciplinary matters. Please note that an administrator has the right to decline to discuss academic/disciplinary information with the third party designee. The specified information will be made available only if requested by the authorized third party.  The University does not automatically send information to a third party.

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, 215.951.1602.