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.