The University considers student conduct records to be part of a student's educational record, and as such the University complies with all applicable legislation, including but not limited to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). Further, the University's primary relationship is with its students, and not with their parents or guardians.
However, the University recognizes that parents or guardians maintain an interest in their students' behavior while at college, and can play a positive role in preventing further misconduct. Therefore, the University may notify the parents or guardians of any dependent student under the age of twenty-one who is placed on probation, or is suspended or dismissed from the University. The University also reserves the right to notify the parents or guardians of any dependent student under the age of twenty-one who has been found responsible for violating any drug or alcohol polices. Notification may be deferred at the discretion of the Director of Student Conduct.
This notification is intended as a means to encourage communication between students and their parents or guardians to provide the greatest level of support for the student. Regardless of whether notification has occurred, the University's priority and obligation is to correspond and otherwise conduct business directly with students, and not through parents, guardians, or any other third party.