Under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA), Northern Kentucky University is restricted in releasing student information without the consent of the student. It provides the student a right to inspect his/her records and restrict the disclosure of those records. Further information about FERPA is available on the U.S Department of Education FERPA website
“The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) (20 U.S.C. § 1232g; 34 CFR Part 99) is a Federal law that protects the privacy of student education records. The law applies to all schools that receive funds under an applicable program of the U.S. Department of Education.”
In order for us to discuss details of your student’s case, the student must give permission to do so.
It should be understood that, at the post-secondary level, parent(s)/guardian(s) do not have automatic access to the student’s educational record. The first step to having access to your student’s information is having open communication with them about what is going on with their grades, classes, etc. Secondly, students may also sign a waiver with our office which would allow for more open communication between the university, the student and you as parent(s)/guardian(s). Signing the waiver is only a short term release of their educational record at the University. The waiver is available here
, but can only be completed in the office during business hours in order to verify the identity of the student.