The University cannot release education records to a parent, (including grades)
although a parent pays the tuition bill on behalf of the student. Xavier is governed by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA)
. Under this federal law, record privacy rights transfer from the parent to the student once the student reaches 18 years of age or once he or she enrolls in an institution of higher learning. In either scenario, FERPA then defines the parents as “third parties.” A record release to any third party requires the student’s prior written and signed consent. A parent may obtain education record information only if
the student provides the Registrar’s Office with his or her written, signed and dated consent (the student can rescind this authorization in writing at any time).