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Privacy Policy

Your Student's Privacy

What we can and can't tell you

Under the federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 or FERPA (the Buckley Amendment), we cannot release grades or other academic information to parents of students who have reached the age of 18. We will tell you what the general academic policies and procedures are; we can also make suggestions about what questions you might ask your son or daughter. However, we cannot tell you specific grades, evaluations, class schedules or about disciplinary proceedings or sanctions without the student's permission with the following exception: parents will be notified when a second alcohol or other substance abuse incident occurs on campus.

At the Dean of Students' discretion the student may be asked to inform his or her parents initially with a follow-up call by the Dean to discuss the incident. Parents should encourage open communication about academic achievements and difficulties and agree to family policies before classes start.

Click here for more information about FERPA.