The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) is a federal law that protects the privacy of student education records. This law prohibits the university from disclosing personal information regarding student records without the written consent of the student.
This includes, but is not limited to, student grades, university bills and medical records. Since this information is not routinely made available to parents, students are encouraged to communicate openly with their parents regarding their academic performance and other issues affecting them in college.
Many parents, especially those who provide financial support to students, feel it is important that their child provide regular updates on their academic progress. Students may give relatives or another third party access to educational records by creating a third party account that can be accessed through the parent portal.