The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) (20 U.S.C. § 1232g; 34 CFR Part 99) is a Federal law that protects the privacy of student educational records. FERPA gives parents certain rights with respect to their student’s educational records. These rights transfer to the student when they reach the age of 18 or attend a school beyond the high school level. For more information visit or see the Colorado State University general catalog.

While CSU believes it is appropriate to treat students as adults, there are circumstances in which the University will seek and welcome parent/family involvement to resolve serious issues. These circumstances are:

  • One action, or an ongoing pattern of behavior, that represents an imminent risk to the health, safety, or welfare of a student or other members of the campus community.
  • Any continuation of problem behaviors that could result in termination of the Residence Hall Contract or probation, suspension, dismissal, or expulsion from the University.

Parents/Families May Be Contacted by CSU:

  • When we are aware of a situation requiring emergency medical care, detoxification, or arrest, and transportation to the Poudre Valley Hospital Assessment Center or to the Larimer County Detention Center.
  • When a student under 21 years of age is found responsible for an alcohol, drug, or violence-related infraction through a University discipline hearing and is placed on a probationary status with the University.
  • When university police have contacted a student’s room regarding suspected marijuana use.