FERPA for Parents

Grades, progress reports, exams
Progress in a course, deficiencies in a subject area, scores and grades on papers, exams, etc., are examples of personally identifiable information that make up part of a student's education record. This information is protected under FERPA and parents may not have access unless the student has provided written authorization that specifically identifies what information may be released to a parent.

Access to student records
At the postsecondary level, parents have no inherent rights to access or inspect their children's education records. This right is limited solely to the student. At Clark College, records may be released to parents only if the student submits to the Enrollment Services Office a signed release form along with photo ID or in compliance with a subpoena. Written releases will be kept on file in the Enrollment Services Office. If you are requesting information directly from your student's instructor, you will need to let them know a release is on file and the instructor will confirm that with Enrollment Services prior to releasing the information requested.

Crisis situations/Emergencies
If non-directory information is needed to resolve a crisis or emergency situation, an education institution may release that information if the institution determines that the information is "necessary to protect the health or safety of the student or other individuals." Factors considered in making this assessment are: the severity of the threat to the health or safety of those involved; the need for the information; the time required to deal with the emergency; and the ability of the parties to whom the information is to be given to deal with the emergency.