Student Confidentiality at CU

  • The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) is a federal law that protects the privacy of student education records.
  • FERPA restricts University staff from discussing a student’s academic and conduct record without the student’s written permission.
  • Student may choose to sign a Release of Information to allow a Resolution Specialist to disclose Student Conduct records to other people, including but not limited to parents/guardians, lawyers, etc.
  • University staff can answer questions about the process, but cannot provide specific details about a case without a written waiver from the student. Confidentiality under FERPA is enforced by the U.S. Department of Education.

Family/Guardian Notification Policy

Student Conduct & Conflict Resolution may notify a student’s family/guardian when the student is found responsible for an alcohol and/or drug violation and is under the age of 21. An amendment to the Federal Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) permits University staff to disclose information regarding a student’s violation of the use or possession of alcohol or drugs, if the student is under the age of 21 at the time of the disclosure.

  • Notification of the outcome of the resolution process will take place via letter.
  • A student’s family/guardian may also be notified if there is an imminent risk to the student’s health, safety, or welfare.

Information Shared in the Family/Guardian Notification

  • Disciplinary status outcome due to an alcohol or drug policy violation
  • Notification that the student was required to participate in an educational program or other educational outcome

Waiver to Share a Student Conduct Record

If a student wishes to give their family/guardian access to their student conduct record, the student must sign a Release of Information.