Family Educational Rights and Policy Act (FERPA)

Although many parents want to have first-hand knowledge of the student’s performance in class, information about assignments, progress and/or grades in a course, parents must have the student’s permission to release this kind of information. The federal law, Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) limits any communication parents can have with college personnel without the students’ permission. FERPA prohibits instructors from discussing a student’s grades, attendance, assignments, etc. with a parent without the student’s permission. We encourage parents to review the information about FERPA by logging on to the website and clicking FERPA.