Grading Policies and Student Privacy Rights (FERPA)

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Excerpt from Parents Handbook

What is FERPA? The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) of 1974 (commonly referred to as the “Buckley Amendment”) is designed to protect the confidentiality of education records and to give students access to their records to assure the accuracy of their contents. FERPA affords students certain rights with respect to their education records.

A student’s rights begin when the student registers. The privacy protection FERPA gives to students is very broad. With limited exceptions, FERPA regulations give privacy protection to all student education records. Examples of student records entitled to protection under FERPA include grade reports, transcripts and most disciplinary files. Frostburg State University generally will not release any student records to any third party, including parents, without signed and dated written consent (which may be electronic) from the student.

Parents often express concern about their student’s academic progress. We urge parents to establish open communication with their student. Students who wish to release grades to their parents complete a Release of Information form in PAWS, the University’s online student information system, each year requesting that their parents have access to their grades. A good communication system established between parent and student works well for most students.

Students may receive academic warnings when performing at the D and F levels at midterm. Students performing at these levels in 100- and -200 level courses are provided such warnings. Students are responsible for taking appropriate action to correct their performance at that time or consider dropping the course within a specified period without penalty. Students are advised to discuss their concerns with the instructor, their advisor or other staff.

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