Don’t Tell Mom and Dad

By Features Editor

Mike Dalton, a broadcast journalism major at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, finds out whether undergrads at the U of I think parents should have access to their childrens' student records.


Other students weigh in:

"I believe that student records should be kept protected from parents because most college students are legally adults. Therefore, they are at an age where they should be in control of what their parents get to see. A lot of parents would argue that since they pay for their child's education, they should be allowed to see their records, but I think that this is an issue that students should work out with their parents on their own."

- Katarzyna, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign



"I think parents have a right to know what their student is doing at school, especially if it is a potential health issue. I believe parents should be allowed access to student records, because while college students are ‘on their own,’ they still need some guidance along the way, and if they are making mistakes, their parents should be aware and should be able to help them. I think it is in the best interests of the student if parents were allowed access to student records."

- Taylor, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Jeffrey D. Neuburger, a partner in the New York office and and Co-Chair of the Technology, Media and Communications Practice Group at Proskauer Rose, LLP, expands on the purposes of FERPA and its impact on students, parents, and universities.