Provisions of The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), as amended by the Higher Education Amendments of 1998, govern access to a student's disciplinary file.


  • If a student under 21 years of age is found responsible for a violation involving use or possession of alcohol and drugs, the institution may notify the student's parent(s).
  • Institutions are permitted to disclose the results of disciplinary cases in which a student has been found responsible for a violation involving violence or for a sex offense.
  • Both accused and the accuser be informed of campus conduct proceedings involving a sexual assault (Clery Act)

Record Access

The following individuals may access a student's disciplinary file without the student's written consent:

  • The student
  • The student's parent(s), even if the student has requested otherwise
  • University officials who demonstrate a legitimate educational need for the disciplinary information
  • Alleged victims of a violent crime perpetrated by the student (e.g., murder, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, motor vehicle theft)