The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), mandates by law that college students are considered adults and are allowed to determine who will receive information about them. Under this law, parents/guardians who want to receive information about their student's behavioral records can only do so if their student signs a "Release of Information Form." these waivers are available through Housing, Dining & Auxilliary Enterprises' Student Conduct staff.
In most cases, the University will not contact parents/guardians or provide disciplinary information without the student's permission. In the case of an extreme emergency, where the student's health is in serious jeopardy, or if there is a concern that the student poses a threat to themselves or someone else, the University will contact parents/guardians. For more information on FERPA, visit: http://www.ed.gov/policy/gen/guid/fpco/ferpa.