Parent Notification Policy

The Parent Notification Policy of Marietta College is based on the following premises:

  • That college students are in the process of developing independence as they move toward adulthood.
  •  That the education of students involves a partnership between the College and the parents of our students.
  • Compliance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).

Under FERPA, when a student turns 18 or enters a postsecondary institution at any age, all rights to a parent transfer to the student. However, FERPA provides ways in which schools may, but are not required to, share information from a student’s educational records with parents, without the student’s consent. With this in mind, Marietta College will observe the following policy: students own their educational records and have the right and responsibility to solve their own problems, but parents of dependent students, under the following circumstances will be notified without the students' consent:

  • If a health or safety emergency involves the student,
  • If the student has violated any law or policy concerning the use or possession of alcohol or a controlled substance,
  • If the student is at risk of being removed from college housing or suspended or dismissed from the college,
  • If the student has been found responsible for a serious violation of the College Creed or College Housing Policies, and
  • If the Vice President for Student Life/Dean of Students deems there are special circumstances that are in the best interest of the student and College to notify the parent.

The College believes this policy has a beneficial effect on the College community and will help your student achieve the academic and personal goals that are at the heart of the Marietta College education.

Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

What is FERPA?

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) is a federal privacy law that gives parents certain protections with regard to their children's education records, such as report cards, transcripts, disciplinary records, contact and family information, and class schedules. As a parent, you have the right to review your child's education records and to request changes under limited circumstances. To protect your child's privacy, the law generally requires schools to ask for written consent before disclosing your child's personally identifiable information to individuals other than you.

Does FERPA give me a right to see the education records of my son or daughter who is in college?

When a student turns 18 years old or enters a postsecondary institution at any age, all rights afforded to you as a parent under FERPA transfer to the student ("eligible student"). However, FERPA provides ways in which a school may—but is not required to-share information from an eligible student's education records with parents, without the student's consent. For example:

  • Schools may disclose education records to parents if the student is claimed as a dependent for tax purposes.
  • Schools may disclose education records to parents if a health or safety emergency involves their son or daughter.
  • Schools may inform parents if the student, if he or she is under age 21, has violated any law or policy concerning the use or possession of alcohol or a controlled substance.
  • A school official may generally share with a parent information that is based on that official's personal knowledge or observation of the student.

For more on FERPA and your rights, please see Parents' Guide to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act: Rights Regarding Children's Education Records. you may also want to read the FERPA General Guidance for Parents.