The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) is a U.S. Federal Law that protects the privacy of student education records. After a student reaches the age of 18, student educational records are considered confidential and may not be released without the written consent of the student. Under FERPA, Rutgers cannot share with you or any family member information about your student without their consent.
Students can fill out a FERPA consent form, which allows but does not compel the university to communicate with you about your student’s records. If you have any questions regarding FERPA or your student’s academic records, please email the Office of Academic Programs.
The best way to know how your student is doing is to talk to them. Keep in touch with them and ask them about their classes, life in the U.S., etc. If you have an emergency or other threatening concern about your student, do not hesitate to contact the Dean of Students Office.