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Bear by Tim Hawkinson

Student Confidentiality

… and what it means for families

The Federal Educational Rights & Privacy Act (FERPA), also known as the Buckley Amendment, is designed to protect students' educational records. When a student age 18 or older attends a university that receives funding from the federal government, their educational records are held private from parents or other parties.

Parents may not inspect a student’s grades, disciplinary records, or health records without the written consent of the student. The only information that is released, unless the student requests otherwise, is classified as “directory” information. This is limited to a student’s name, address, telephone number, date and place of birth, honors and awards, and dates of attendance.

The Warren College staff members and faculty will not disclose confidential information to family members or other members of the community, regardless of their status as a guardian or whether they are financing the student's tuition. The Warren staff would like to encourage parents and students to establish positive communication with each other, in order to foster a climate of mutual trust, support and encouragement.