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Your son or daughter comes home from Mitchell Tech for the weekend and you ask him or her how classes are going, what kinds of grades is he/she getting, etc. The answers you receive are little more than grunts and “okay.” To find out more, you call Mitchell Tech and ask the Center for Student Success staff for more information and they say they can’t tell you anything! Why not?
Mitchell Tech, as well as all other colleges and technical institutes, must abide by the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA), a federal law designed to protect the privacy of a student’s personal educational records. The basic policy states that no information (other than directory information) will be released without written permission from the student. This means that written and dated permission is required from your son or daughter before information can be released to you, even as the student’s parent or legal guardian. Your child will be asked to complete a form at orientation indicating if they allow anyone to receive academic information. If you want to have access, encourage him or her to say "yes" on that form!
All grades are posted through MyTech. The student can access this information by logging on with a username and password. View the login page here. Your child will need to provide you with that information or you can sit down with them at your home computer and have them show you their grades.
For more information on the FERPA policy, please check out their website for parents. FERPA is administered by the U.S. Department of Education