What rights do parents have under FERPA?
- FERPA gives certain rights to parents regarding their children's educational records.
- Rights transfer to the student:
- Upon reaching 18 years of age or
- Attending any school beyond the secondary level (High School).
- When may a parent access a student's educational records?
- Law allows parental access if student is claimed as a dependent for Federal income tax purposes.
- Access is granted to both the parent who claims the student as well as the parent who is not claiming the student.
- Parent must complete Parental Request for Academic Information (available in the Registrar's Office or academic department) each time information is requested.
- Parent Affidavit for Academic Information (.pdf)
- How can a parent access student information if the student is not being claimed by either parent for Federal income tax purposes?
- Parent can have access only if the student is willing to release information.
- Student must complete Student Consent for Release of Records (available in the Registrar's Office or academic department) each time information is to be released.
- Student Consent for Release of Records (.pdf)
- A parent may access student information but may not act on the student's behalf except in emergency situations.