The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) allows for universities to notify certain family members if their student is found responsible for violating the institution’s alcohol or drug policies, or state laws regarding alcohol or drug use. At the University of Mary Washington, a parent or guardian of any student under the age of 21 will be notified under the following conditions:
1. If the student is found responsible for violating the University’s policy prohibiting alcohol intoxication, whether or not the student was arrested or transported to the hospital.
2. If the student is found responsible for a second or subsequent violation of the University’s Alcohol Policy, regardless of the violation’s seriousness.
3. If the student is found responsible for any violation of the University’s Drug Policy.
A letter and/or phone call from the Dean of Student Life or designee will inform the parent/guardian. Typically, notification in these conditions does not occur until after the incident has been adjudicated, and the student’s right to appeal the outcome has expired. Parents or guardians will not be notified if the Safe Sammy Policy has been applied.