The Parent Notification Policy* of Concordia University, Irvine is based on the following premises:
Parent Notification Policy
- Students are in the process of developing independence as they move toward adulthood. The college experience is an important opportunity for developing the skills to become effective, responsible adults.
- Students have varying levels of maturity, as well as a range of experience levels with regard to decision-making and self-advocacy.
- The education of students involves a partnership between the University and the parents of our students.
- The University must comply with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).
Concordia University will notify parents/legal guardians of students under the age of 21:
- Following the first known violation of University policy regarding drugs. The notification will be in writing.
- Following the first known violation of University policy regarding alcohol, when the use of alcohol has:
- Placed the student in a life-threatening situation. The notification will be by telephone.
- Endangered the health or welfare of another person. The notification will be in writing.
- Following the second known violation of University policy regarding alcohol. The notification will be made in writing.
- Following the student’s referral to the Wellness Center for an alcohol or drug assessment. The notification will be made in writing.
In addition, Concordia University will notify the parents/legal guardians of any student, regardless of age, when:
- There is a health or safety emergency. This notification will be made by telephone.
- The Dean of Student Affairs deems there are special circumstances that are in the best interest of the student and University to notify the parent. The notification may be in writing or by telephone.
If a student is 21 or over, the parent/legal guardian will be notified when there is a health or safety emergency, or if the Dean of Student Affairs deems there are special circumstances that are in the best interest of the student and University to notify the parent.
The Dean of Student Affairs will use his/her discretion in the practice of the parent notification policy. If it is deemed counter-productive or inappropriate to notify a parent, then the above listed procedures will be altered accordingly. The University has the right to notify parents and will attempt to follow the above listed policy, using discretion when appropriate.
*This policy addresses student conduct only. It does not address parent notification regarding academic or medical records.