For Parents & Families
The University experience presents a milestone for young adults and their families. The challenges and opportunities that face college students help to prepare them for the independence and responsibility associated with adulthood. In its interactions with students, the staff seeks to assist in the developing adult to examine decision-making skills, to identify the various consequences of behavior, and to hold themselves accountable for their actions. The staff encourages parents and families to partner with them to contribute to the education and success of their student.
Students are encouraged to discuss their student conduct cases with their families. This is particularly important because federal law prohibits the University from sharing information with any third party, including parents, without the written consent from the student. Some exceptions to this law state the University may contact parents of a student under the age of 21 if the student is involved in a drug or alcohol related incident or threatens to harm him- or herself or another.
Download a release form your student can sign that will allow staff to speak to you about your student’s case.
Tips for Parents and Families
- Remind your student about the values you have taught them, how they relate to problematic behaviors, and your expectations for future behavior.
- Encourage your student to give you all information relating to any incident he or she may have been involved in. Sometimes students are ashamed or fearful of disappointing their parents.
- Support them in taking responsibility for their actions and in working to make the situation right.
- If you contact our office, understand that staff may have information of which you are not aware or which cannot be disclosed to you by law.