Accessing Student Information

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The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) is a federal law that protects the privacy of student education records. Under this law your rights as a parent or guardian transfer to your student once your student begins to attend a college or university. This includes students under the age of 18.

If students wish to give parents, guardians, or another person access to their education records, they must provide written permission by completing the Student Release of Information Authorization form.

Please consider the following:

  • Education records may include:
    • Progress reports
    • Grades
    • Status of financial aid file and funds awarded or offered
    • Amounts due to the college for tuition/fees, fines, or other charges. Even if you wish to pay the charges
    • Information regarding appeals
    • Your student’s class schedule
    • Admission, residency status, transcripts, and other applications
  • Your student determines who may access all education records, even if under the age of 18.
  • FERPA pertains to written and electronic records only. Instructors are not required to talk with, meet with, or email parents or guardians even if your student gives permission.
    • Instructors may choose to provide a written progress report
    • An instructor that agrees to meet with a parent or guardian may require that the student attend the meeting
    • Bellevue College does not require instructors to monitor attendance
    • Instructors may not provide information that does not go into determining the final grade for the class. This may include perceptions on the student’s participation and attendance if this is not included in determining the student’s final grade.

For questions or concerns about FERPA, or how to access your student’s information, please submit an Online Help Request to Student Central.

Last Updated April 22, 2019