Under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA), Appalachian State 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 Edcuation.”
Detailed information about FERPA at Appalachian State University can be found in the University Policy Statement at policy.appstate.edu/Policy_Manual and the “Annual Notification of Rights” at http://www.registrar.appstate.edu/ferpa.html
In order for the Office of Student Conduct 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, parents do not have automatic access 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, the student can provide access to parents via his/her Appalnet account.
Students may also sign a waiver which would allow for more open communication between the university, the student and you as parent/guardian. Signing the waiver is only a short term release of their educational record at the University.