FERPA for Parents

FERPA Questions for Parents

May I access my child's student records?
At the post-secondary level, parents have no inherent right to access or inspect their son's or daughter's educational records. The right of access is limited solely to the student.

May I view my child's grades, exams or academic progress?
Final grades, grades on exams and other information about academic progress are examples of the confidential information that makes up part of a student's educational record. This information is protected under FERPA, and parents do not have access to it unless the student has provided express, written authorization.

What about crisis or emergency situations?
If non-directory information is needed to resolve a crisis or emergency situation, an educational institution may release that information if the institution determines that the information is necessary to protect the health or safety of the student or other individuals.

Whom should I contact with questions or concerns?
Direct general questions to the Registrar or to the Office of Academic Affairs as appropriate. Send comments or suggestions to the Director's office.

How to Contact the Registrar:
Regena Poss
615.547-1227
rposs@cumberland.edu
Records, Registration, Research & Retention
Memorial Hall