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FERPA FAQ for Parents

May I access my child's student records?
At post-secondary institutions, parents have no inherent right to access or inspect their student's educational records. Upon attendance, the rights transfer from the parent to the student regardless of age.


May I view my child's grades, exams, or academic progress?
Final grades, grades on exams, and other information about academic progress are examples of the confidential information that makes up part of a student's educational record. This information is protected under FERPA, and parents do not have direct access to it unless the student has provided express, written authorization. Class attendance is expected and students should not be absent from class without adequate reason. Asking observational questions of faculty regarding the students participation in class is permitted by FERPA.


What about crisis or emergency situations?
If non-directory information is needed to resolve a crisis or emergency situation, an educational institution may release that information if the institution determines that the information is necessary to protect the health or safety of the student or other individuals. 


Whom should I contact with questions or concerns?
General questions should be directed to the Associate Provost and Dean of Students.