Why can’t I have access to my son or daughter’s conduct record? I pay tuition!
There are both philosophical and legal reasons for not sharing this information with you.
Philosophically, we believe that students are learning to be adults while they are at Utica College, and that means they need to take responsibility for their actions both in and outside of the classroom. As a result, our system is constructed to deal directly with the student rather than parent.
In addition, student educational records, which include conduct files, are protected under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act. This means that the student needs to give permission for anyone other than themselves to view the information contained in their file. If your son or daughter gives us permission, we can and will talk with you about the details of the incident that resulted in your son or daughter being charged with violations of the Code of Student Conduct.
We are also concerned with protecting the privacy of other students who may or may not have been involved in that particular situation, as their information is also contained in any documentation.
Your son or daughter has access to this information at any time, and should have copies of any information he/she submitted in the course of investigating the alleged behavior.
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