Faculty Advisement Handbook

Academic Polices


Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) is a federal law (sometimes referred to as the Buckley Amendment) that gives students the right to see all their academic records.  It also is their guarantee that those records will not be shared with anyone outside of the University without their explicit permission.  For faculty advisors this becomes an issue when parents want information about their son or daughter.  Without the explicit permission of the student you cannot tell anyone - even a parent who is paying the bills - anything about the student’s academic performance. You can’t reveal attendance records, grades, early warnings, etc.  This can be frustrating for both the parent and the advisor, but it is the law. It is also sound educational policy. You can explain Adelphi policy and that sometimes gives them the information they are looking for, but you cannot tell them how that policy affects their child. If you feel it would help you can offer to meet with the parent AND the student.

This page was last modified on August 30, 2011.
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