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Under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, as amended (FERPA), students attending colleges or universities, regardless of age at entry, are afforded the right to privacy as it pertains to their education records. However, Alfred University recognizes that parents/guardians of dependent students have a strong and understandable interest in the academic progress of their student.

Philosophy of Parents as Partners

At Alfred University we value a community environment that fosters intellectual curiosity and growth, promotes and models good citizenship, encourages enlightened leadership and respects each individual.  Your student is learning to become an  independent thinker and self-advocate; we will educate them to explore the opportunities available to them, make decisions and learn from them, and take responsibility for their own learning.  We ask that you support your student’s developmental process by encouraging his or her dialogue with us in solving problems and expressing ideas. 

It is normal and natural to advocate for your child and we welcome questions from parents; however, we will work directly with your child in exploring situations of concern.  While it may seem easier in the short run to "solve the problem" for your student when asked, this doesn’t always allow for a learning experience on how to manage conflict or advocate for oneself.  We ask that before you contact us, you ask your son or daughter to get in touch with the appropriate faculty or staff member to start the discussion.  If he or she doesn't know where to begin, the Dean of Students, Dr. Norm Pollard, in the Student Affairs office in Carnegie Hall (871-2132), is always a good starting point.

In most cases, you will learn about your students' accomplishments, grades, judicial violations, physical health or mental health concerns from them. With your student’s knowledge and consent on occasion you may hear from a faculty or staff member. We encourage you to discuss with your student your expectations for sharing information with you.  Please feel free to review and ask about the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) , available online at www.alfred.edu/policies (see the Academic Regulations section) or http://www.ed.gov/policy/gen/guid/fpco/ferpa/index.html.

Family connections are critical to today’s college students.  With our shared goals of student success, Alfred University faculty and staff view parents as partners in preparing students for life after college.

GENERAL QUESTIONS

Does Alfred University have a Student Code of Conduct?

If my student is charged with violating the Student Code of Conduct, what happens?

Will I be notified if my student is charged with violating the Student Code of Conduct or the General University Policies?

How does "amnesty" work?

What if my student didn’t violate a code but is in danger? Will I be notified?

How will a violation of  the Student Code of Conduct or General University Policy be recorded and will it affect my student’s chances of getting into graduate school or getting a job?

Can anyone view judicial records?

What does it mean to be on University Probation?

Should I get a lawyer?

I have received a letter indicating that my child was found in violation of the Substance Use and Abuse Policy.  Why did it take so long to hear about the infraction?

What is my role in the University judicial process? How can I help my student?

Can I be in a judicial meeting or conference with my student?

How are sanctions decided?

Explain the strike process.

Can my student appeal a judicial decision?

Why is a particular rule or policy in place?

My student was charged criminally. Why go through the judicial process too?

This incident happened off campus. Why is the University involved?

I know my student could not have done this; I didn't raise my student that way. So why is my student being charged?

How can I learn more about parent involvement at the University?

How do I find more information about FERPA?

THE STUDENT CONDUCT PROCESS: A GUIDE FOR PARENTS - A publication of the Association for Student Judicial Affairs, 2006