Addressing Parents Who
Are Too Involved With Your Advisee
There is much discussion
in educational circles of the current generation of "helicopter parents"
-- so named because they hover around their students near-continually.
Although it might seem
like courtesy to address a helicopter parent directly, remember that
until your Advisee has signed a waiver and filed it in the Dean of
Students' Office, the Federal Right to Privacy Act (FERPA) prevents you
from discussing academic progress or advising issues. As a
reminder (from the Monmouth College Catalogue):
Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) affords students certain
rights with respect to their education records. They are:
1) The right to
inspect and review the studentís education records.
2) The right to request the amendment of the studentís education
records to ensure that they are not inaccurate, misleading, or
otherwise in violation of the studentís privacy or other rights.
3) The right to withhold disclosure of Directory Information
contained in the studentís education records, except to the extent
FERPA authorizes disclosure without consent.
4) The right to file with the U.S. Department of Education a
complaint concerning alleged failures by Monmouth College to comply
with the requirements of FERPA.
5) The right to obtain a copy of Monmouth Collegeís FERPA Policy
Statement which is on file in the Office of the Registrar.
If a parent insists
on speaking about academic or advising issues, s/he should be referred
to the Dean of Students' Office.