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Throughout elementary and high school, parents are granted access to their child's records and are told to be involved in their child's education. When students enroll in college and turn 18, however, they gain full control of their educational records. What this means to parents is that RIT staff and faculty cannot discuss most aspects of your student's education with you, including grades, course schedules, disciplinary actions, and financial information.
While this law, called FERPA, is in place to protect your student, we understand that this is a big change from high school and may take some time to get used to. Many offices and departments on campus are willing to talk with you about policies and procedures, even if they cannot discuss your student's specific situation.
RIT does not mean to discourage your involvement with your student's education. However, parental involvement must shift during college as your student takes on more personal responsibility for his/her academic life. We encourage you to have conversations with your student regarding FERPA, your expectations, your student's responsibilities, and what information your student will release to you. Here is some information to get you started.
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.
RIT is prohibited from releasing certain information to anyone other than the student, including parents, without permission of the student. Students can grant access to their parents or another third party in order to share information or pay their bills. Students can allow you access to:
Students can grant parents access on the eServices website through a six-step process:
After these steps are completed, parents can log in to eServices using their own RIT username and password to view student account information.