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FERPA and Parent Access

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.

FERPA

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.

Parent Access

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:

  • Student account and class schedule
  • Final grades
  • Dining/Tiger Bucks balances
  • Dining/Tiger Bucks transactions
  • Financial aid and scholarships

Students can grant parents access on the eServices website through a six-step process:

  1. Students must log in to his/her eServices account.
  2. Click on the "Third Party Access" link and choose "Add/Delete Access."
  3. Click on the "Add an account" button, enter parent's preferred email address, and edit access options.
  4. Parents will receive an email at the account entered in step 3. Follow the first link to set up an RIT account.
  5. Once all information is filled out and terms and conditions agreed to, parents will receive a confirmation at the original email address; this is the information parents should use to log into eServices.
  6. Complete the process by verifying the student's birth date and University ID number by clicking on the second link in the original invitation email. This is only necessary the first time parents activate the access.

After these steps are completed, parents can log in to eServices using their own RIT username and password to view student account information.