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Federal Law (FERPA)

Explaining the Law to our Youth

In 1974, Congress adopted the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), also known as the Buckley Amendment.  This amendment provides that students who are 18 years of age or older and are enrolled in post-secondary education are the sole guardians of their own academic records.  In accordance with the Buckley Amendment, all correspondence from the University regarding grades, academic honors and/or discipline will be sent directly to the student at the address on file at the Registrar’s Office.  In addition, advisors cannot discuss specifics with parents about the student’s progress or about any problems that arise without the student’s written consent. 

As part of the educational process, students are expected to resume responsibility for their own academic progress along with the appropriate communication of that progress with their parents.  An open relationship between students and parents is essential so that students feel free to share both achievements and disappointments with their parents.

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