What Rights Do Parents Have Under FERPA?

  • What rights do parents have once a student attends college? 
    • Upon matriculation (1st day of the students admitted semester) at Weber State University, all rights to information transfer to the student. 
  • When may a parent access a student's educational records?
    • FERPA allows parental access if the student is claimed as a dependent for Federal income tax purposes.  To receive access, the parent must provide documentation (appropriate tax form with the child's name listed as a dependent) at the point of service.
    • Parents providing documentation of dependency may access student information, but cannot act on the student's behalf except in cases of emergencies.
  • How can students release educational records to their parents or other individuals?
    • Weber State provides a Student Information Release Form in the eWeber portal that allows students to grant third parties consent to view or update their educational records. With the Student Information Release form, students can give permission for Weber State to release FERPA-protected information to other individuals.
  • Who may receive information from the student's educational record?
    • Third parties may include any individual(s) the student designates, such as parents/guardians, spouses, siblings, children, or friends.
    • Students may designate one or more third parties to receive information.