The Catholic University of America

Parental Notification Policy

Approved by: President
History: Issued              -- August 2000  
  Revised           -- August 2002  
  Last Reviewed --
Related Policies: Student Records Policy
Additional References:  
Responsible Official: Dean of Students tel. (202) 319-5619

I.          Policy

As required by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) of 1974, the University cannot disclose a student's education records without the written consent of a student or without proof that the student is the tax dependent of the parent. However, the University will disclose information to parents, without written consent from the students, when notification is determined to be necessary to protect the health or safety of the student or others. This notification may occur due to a medical emergency, an incident of imminent danger or another situation in which staff deems such action necessary.

Additionally, the University has the discretion to disclose, to any parent or legal guardian of a student under the age of 21, information about a violation of any federal, state or local law, or any rule or policy of the institution governing the use or possession of alcohol or a controlled substance, if the institution has determined that the student has committed a disciplinary violation with respect to such use or possession.