To facilitate and encourage dialogue between students and their parents, WMU offers two ways in which student information can be shared with parents:
WMU now has a system in place which allows a student to give a parent authorized user access to view certain academic and financial aid information through the student information system.
Access to this information is restricted to what is available in the system and to what has been authorized by the student.
In addition, students can choose to sign a waiver allowing a faculty or staff member to discuss their records with parents.
In both cases, the choice to grant access belongs to the student and the student has the right to revoke this access at any time.
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, or FERPA, sets rules regarding the privacy of student records. FERPA governs:
Students do have the right to request that directory information not be released. To do this, students need to file a request with the Office of the Registrar.
When a student begins attending a post-secondary institution such as WMU FERPA rights transfer from the parent to the student. This occurs regardless of the age of the student.
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