Resources & FAQs
- The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) is a federal law that protects the privacy of student education records.
- FERPA restricts University staff from discussing a student’s academic and conduct record without the student’s written permission.
- University staff can answer questions about the process, but cannot provide specific details about a case. Confidentiality under FERPA is enforced by the U.S. Department of Education.
Parent/Guardian Notification Policy
The Office of Residence Life may notify a student’s family/guardian when the residential student is found responsible for an alcohol and/or drug violation and is under the age of 21. An amendment to the Federal Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) permits University staff to disclose information regarding a student’s violation of the use or possession of alcohol or drugs, if the student is under the age of 21 at the time of the disclosure.
- Notification of the outcome of the resolution process will take place via letter.
- A student’s parent/guardian may also be notified if there is an imminent risk to the student’s health, safety, or welfare.
- A parent/guardian may be notified if a housing student is sanctioned to a formal reprimand.
Information Shared in the Family/Guardian Notification
- Disciplinary status outcome due to an alcohol or drug policy violation
- Notification that the student was required to participate in an educational program or other educational outcome
Conduct Appeal Board
The Conduct Appeal Board (CAB) is a group of University of Colorado faculty and staff outside the Office of the Dean of Students and Office of Residence Life trained to review case submitted for appeal. The Conduct Appeal Board looks objectively at the information provided to decide if there is grounds for appeal and what action if any should be taken. More information regarding the appeal process can be found in the Student Code of Conduct.