STUDENT PRIVACY

The Family Educational Records Privacy (FERPA) Act 6 of 1974, often called “The Buckley Amendment,” limits the information that can be shared with you without your student’s expressed consent.

When a child turns 18, or starts attending college or any postsecondary institution, parents lose their FERPA rights. This means parents have no inherent rights to examine a student's education records. This may be difficult to understand since some students may still be the financial (and perhaps legal) responsibility of their parents. Nevertheless the law is clear to this point. While we make every effort to provide you with general information, FERPA limits the information that can be shared with you without your student's expressed written consent.

Residence Education and Housing Services staff members will be able to discuss policies and regulations in general terms, but will be unable to provide specific information about your student. Urging your student to work with staff members when concerns arise and maintain open communication with you will ensure a positive and enriching living experience.