The college complies with the federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). FERPA precludes the college from sharing grades or other confidential information with anyone other than the student without the student’s consent. In particular, unless a student has signed a Release of Information form, parents will not be notified of their son’s or daughter’s grades. This can prove a challenge for parents accustomed to receiving report cards or notices from their son’s or daughter’s school. Students may complete a release through the Office of the Registrar (pdf) to authorize the college to mail copies of grade reports to the individuals designated.
Similarly, if a parent wishes to have a conversation with an academic dean, instructor, faculty advisor or mentor, the student must sign a Release of Information form. Forms are available in the Office of the Registrar and in Kollett Hall.