Parent's Frequently Asked QuestionsWe understand that the student conduct process can be confusing and difficult to deal with from afar. We have compiled this list of questions and answers to help address some concerns you might be having. If you have additional questions you may reach us at 315.443.3728.
When am I notified of my student's conduct?
Access to disciplinary records is provided in accordance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, as amended. 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. Students to whom the rights have transferred are "eligible students."
Except in unusual circumstances as determined in its sole discretion, and consistent with federal law, Syracuse University will seek to notify parents or guardians of conduct issues involving dependent students as follows:
a. In an emergency; and
b. After final adjudication and finding of responsibility in all alcohol and drug-related offenses; and,
c. After final adjudication and finding of responsibility in all offenses resulting in disciplinary probation, suspension or expulsion.
A student is not a dependent student if the student:
• is or will be 24 years old during the academic year;
• is enrolled in a graduate or professional program;
• is married;
• is a veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces;
• is an international student.
Can I come to my student's hearing/meeting?
Parents are not permitted to attend hearings/meetings, however, there are ways you can support your student.
When your student has been accused of violating the Syracuse University Code of Student Conduct:
- Speak with your student regarding the situation. Make sure that you listen carefully and critically.
- Make sure your student knows the conduct process. Your student should review the Code of Student Conduct, Standard Sanctions, and the Student Conduct System Handbook.
- Discuss with your student your expectations for their behavior at Syracuse University. Discuss ways your student can modify their behavior to meet those expectations.
- Brainstorm with your student appropriate resources for help and support (e.g., alcohol education, personal counseling, etc).
- Let your student know where you stand regarding their behavior, while continuing to support them emotionally.
- Brainstorm with your student ways to overcome past mistakes.
- Be firm in your approach but always keep the lines of communication open.
Can I discuss the specifics of my student's case with a case manager?
Due to federally mandated law (FERPA), the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities is not able to share information about a student's case without the student's permission. If a student would like to give us permission to speak with a particular person, they must complete, sign and return the Request to Verbally Discuss Student Conduct Records form, indicating that they give permission for verbal communication, to the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities form. Once our office has received a release staff will be able to speak openly with the person indicated by the student on the form.
What is FERPA?
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act protects the privacy of student’s educational records, including conduct records, for any institution receiving federal funds. Under FERPA, students have the right to inspect and review their conduct record, the right request an amendment to their conduct record if they feel it is inaccurate or misleading and the right provide consent before the University discloses any personally identifiable information from the record to anyone else.
Access to disciplinary records is provided in accordance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, as amended. 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. Students to whom the rights have transferred are "eligible students." Please visit the Parental Notification section of this site for a short video describing FERPA.
Your student may have signed a FERPA waiver with another office within the University, however the records kept in the Office of Student Rights are distinct from those maintained by another office and we require an additional waiver to release any information.
I received a letter from OSRR regarding my student. What does it mean?This letter is meant to notify you of the outcome of either your student's informal or formal resolution. It is our hope that students will communicate with their parents or family members prior to the arrival of a letter from our office. If you have questions about the letter, you are encouraged to discuss it with your student. Additionally, staff in the Office of Student Rights and Responsbilities are happy to discuss the conduct process with parents or family members, and in the cases where a FERPA request has been filed, are willing to discuss the case more specifically.
Does my student's conduct status affect their co-curricular experiences?