FERPA

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)
Kendall College transitions students to their successful, independent adult lives, and parents are important partners in our success.

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) requires that we communicate directly with each student about the educational experience. As a parent, you can best access information about your son or daughter's progress and educational experience by communicating with your son or daughter. Students who wish for the College to release information directly to their parents must so indicate on the Authorization to Release Student Information form.

When a student turns 18 years old or enters a postsecondary institution at any age, all rights afforded to a parent regarding protection of and access to student education information under FERPA transfer to the student. There are the following exceptions.

  • Schools may disclose education records to a parent who claims the student as a dependent for tax purposes. Kendall College will require a signed copy of the parent's tax form for the most recent tax year to release student information to a parent under these circumstances.
  • Schools may disclose education information to parents if a health or safety emergency involves their son or daughter.
  • Schools may inform parents if a student under 21 years of age violates any law or college policy concerning the use or possession of alcohol or a controlled substance.

If you wish for Kendall College to release information directly to you about your son or daughter in other than the circumstances listed above, your son or daughter must complete the Authorization to Release Student Information form to include your name, your relationship to the student, and the last four digits of your social security number. The form, completed and signed by the student, must be provided to the Kendall College Registrar's Office. When requesting educational information about the student, the parent will be asked to provide the name, relationship, and last four digits of the social security number as confirmation of identity.

Unless the College official you contact has direct access to the Authorization to Release Student Information form signed by your son or daughter, the official may not release information to you immediately upon request. In this case, the official will schedule a follow-up call or meeting with you to allow for the College to follow information protection and release procedures.