Family Rights under FERPA

Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act give parents certain rights with respect to their children's education records. These rights transfer to the student when he or she reaches the age of 18 or attends a school beyond the high school level.

WMU supports the rights of students under FERPA to choose to whom they disclose their academic and financial information. To facilitate and encourage dialogue between students and their families the University offers two ways to support this interaction:

  1. Students can grant Authorized User and Proxy access to the person or persons of their choosing. Those granted access may 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 has been authorized by the student.
  2. 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 is the student’s and the student has the right to revoke this access at any time.

FERPA brochure