Before you contact us, we need to clarify what we can and cannot tell you when you call.
What is FERPA?
The United States Congress passed the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) in 1974 to afford certain rights to students concerning their education records.
Brigham Young University-Idaho may not disclose information contained in education records without the student's written consent except under certain limited conditions.
What we cannot tell you:
Final grades, grades on exams, and other information about academic progress are examples of the confidential information that makes up part of a student's educational record. This information is protected under FERPA and parents do not have access to it unless the student has provided express, written authorization. For example, we cannot tell you:
- What classes your student has taken
- What remaining classes your student needs to take in order to graduate
- Their GPA
- Their degree progress
- Planned graduation dates
What we can tell you:
We can give you general information, and information that is readily available to the public. For example, we can:
- Tell you what classes are offered to certain majors
- Refer you to the BYU-Idaho catalog for class planning and courses available
- Direct you to BYU-Idaho and Academic Discovery web pages that discuss academic polices
We hope that we are able to help you with your general questions and concerns when you contact us, but understand that the FERPA guidelines are designed to protect BYU-Idaho students.