The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) governs who has access to students' educational records. Under this law, students over the age of 18 are in control of their records and must grant access for others, including parents, to view these records. Educational records include academic records, testing data, disciplinary records, and financial information.

Students can sign a release form (found on the Policies and Procedures page) that allows parents to access records. Without this signed consent, RIT staff cannot have discussions with parents regarding a student's specific educational information. Staff can offer parents general information about RIT policies and procedures that may help answer questions about a student's situation. Further, many RIT staff members will ask that conversations with parents also include students, opening the communication to all involved parties.

 

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