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Family and Support Systems

Family and Support Systems

It is important that your student take charge of their academic and personal growth during their time at Kent State University. There are many resources available to assist you in having conversations with your son or daughter about maximizing their next four years.

As a member of your student’s support system you should:

  • Encourage your student to take a leading role in their academics by becoming familiar with the resources available to ensure their academic and personal success.
  • Have an open dialog about academic progress and grades. If your son or daughter is struggling to find success, start a reflective conversation. Don’t point fingers.  
  • Celebrate success no matter how big or small. Success empowers and keeps the momentum going.
  • Empower your student to engage in their campus community. Those students who are active in campus life are more likely to excel in all aspects of campus life, and most importantly graduate.
  • Encourage your son or daughter to think about their first career now. Resume building starts day one of a student’s freshman year. Getting involved often means getting a head start on that future career.

FERPA (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act)

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) (20 U.S.C. § 1232g; 34 CFR Part 99) is a Federal law that protects the privacy of student education records. The law applies to all schools that receive funds under an applicable program of the U.S. Department of Education.

FERPA gives parents certain rights with respect to their children's education records. These rights transfer to the student when he or she reaches the age of 18 or attends a school beyond the high school level.

In a nutshell, if the student is 18 years of age or older, they must complete the FERPA Waiver via Flashline for University personnel, including advisors, to discuss a student’s personal academic record.