Pursuant to Public Law 93-380, the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) of 1974, students and their parents are advised of certain practices and procedures at Florida Atlantic University which relate to student records. Once students reach the age of 18 or are enrolled in a postsecondary program, parents no longer have any rights to student information under this act. However, parents can obtain access to their student’s account activity. Students may give the Office of Student Accounts written consent to release the information to their parents by completing the Authorization to Release Financial Records form. The completed form authorizes the Office of Student Financial Aid and the Office of Student Accounts at Florida Atlantic University to disclose financial records as defined by FERPA. Reminder: For access to student academic records please contact the Registrar’s Office.
From a legal perspective, the student, and not the parent(s), is the university’s client. The university therefore, is legally obligated to provide each student with the means to create his or her own personalized user name and password and to deny access to confidential information by anyone without a valid user name and password. In other words, each student must decide individually whether to provide his or her personal user name and password to parents or guardians. Although the university generally encourages sharing this information with parents for reasons of convenience and expedience, the decision to do so rests with the student and not with the University.