Family Educational Rights & Privacy Act
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) is a Federal law that protects the privacy of student education records. The law applies to all schools that receive funds under an applicable program of the U.S. Department of Education. We understand that you want the best for your child and Dual Credit is an important step. While you may want to help your son or daughter with the process, due to FERPA, colleges cannot release a student’s academic information to anyone, even parents, without the student’s consent. FERPA calls for the protection of student records once they turn 18 or attend a school beyond the high school level. Dual Credit and Diplomas & Degrees students fall under this classification.
It is the policy of Amarillo College to maintain the confidentiality of academic records and be in compliance with all federal and state laws governing the release of academic records. Amarillo College requires signed student consent to release or discuss information related to a student's record with a third party (e.g. student schedule, student transcript, student transfer credit given, academic standing, etc.). For this release, please visit the Registrar's Office - FERPA information page.
Students' current grades, missed assignments, progress in college courses, etc. will not be released to the parent/guardian.
College instructors are required to follow FERPA regulations and release of dual credit student educational information, even to the parent, violates federal law. Instructors will not answer emails or phone calls from a parent
For a full version of the policy please visit the Department of Education: Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)