If I am a parent or family member, how do I find out how my student is doing?
The university and housing staff may not disclose information from a student’s record
without first obtaining the written permission of the student. Parents and family
members do not have the right to have access to these records unless the student has
given written consent for release of such records to them.
We are restricted from sharing information due to the Federal Educational Rights and Privacy Act.
How can family members be supportive from afar?
- Stay Connected
Support your student by staying connected. Communicate via phone, e-mail, IM, cell
phones, and ‘snail’ mail. Students love to get care packages!
Give your student the opportunity to share feelings and ideas with you.
If family members have concerns about students safety or well being please refer the
student to the Counseling and Health Services office or contact the housing office.
- Continue to Have Difficult Conversations
Students will have to make their own decisions about sleep, academics, exercise, clubs,
alcohol, and sexual relationships. Provide your student with the facts on these
issues, and empower them to distinguish between good and bad decisions when it comes
to their behavior, health, and safety. Create an atmosphere of open communication.
- Expect Change
Trust Your Student