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FERPA For Students and Parents
The right of access to information in a student’s educational records is governed by a federal law known as the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (“FERPA”). The right of access to other information, such as medical or counseling records, is governed by applicable state or federal law. As a general rule, students attending a college or university, regardless of age, have the right under FERPA to control disclosure of information from their educational records.
At the postsecondary education level, parents have no inherent rights to access or inspect their child’s education records. At Rutgers University, records, including progress, deficiencies, and grades may be released to parents only if they have been given a written release by the student, regardless of the age or tax status of the student. Students that wish to waive parts of this policy and allow their parent(s) or legal guardian(s) to have more access to their information may use the FERPA RELEASE FORM.
Students may request to opt-out of the disclosure of directory information by submitting the STUDENT DIRECTORY CONFIDENTIALITY SELECTION FORM. This request will be honored by the University until the student or an alumnus rescinds the opt-out request.
Consistent with its mission of educating students, Rutgers treats its students as adults, and supports them as they develop individual responsibility, maturity and independence. Rutgers respects the trust between students and parents or legal guardians, and is committed to maintaining effective relationships with students and parents or legal guardians. When a student chooses to enlist the support of parents(s) or legal guardian(s), the staff at Rutgers is happy to work in partnership with the student and parent(s) or legal guardian(s). By enabling students to take responsibility for their actions and engage the support of their parent(s) or legal guardian(s), Rutgers fosters students’ learning and growth, and encourages them to mature into responsible, self-sufficient adults.