FERPA, or Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, was enacted to protect the privacy of student records. Under FERPA, except for “directory information” about a student, a student’s records may be released without the student's prior written consent only to other school officials, including teachers, who have “legitimate educational interests,” or if other exceptions to FERPA apply. For example, the College may choose to notify parents or guardians if the College is aware of a health or safety concern that poses a significant danger to the student or to others; the College may also notify parents of a change in a student’s status. Additional information on FERPA is contained in the Student Manual.
Advisers treat their relationships with students as private and do not discuss personal or academic matters outside the office. Communication between the College and parents is complicated because the College considers students to be responsible young adults capable of making appropriate decisions about the information that should be shared with their parents and guardians. Although FERPA authorizes the College to disclose information to parents with the students’ consent, such consent does not require disclosure. Advisers routinely let students know when a parent or guardian has contacted them, even if the student has authorized disclosure. Parents and guardians who want to know how their student is doing are encouraged to ask their student directly.
College students with questions or concerns about privacy should contact the Office of the Dean of Students in the College at 773-702-8615.
More information for parents, such as how students receive their grades and how to verify your student’s enrollment for insurance purposes is outlined in the Academics page on the Parents & Family website.