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As a family member, you are undoubtedly concerned about and invested in your student’s academic and personal success in college. You want to continue to have a major role in your student’s life, but you also know that your relationship will change as your student grows and develops.
First, you are your student’s biggest champion. The motivation and support you provide is essential. When your student encounters unexpected challenges, your encouragement will help them troubleshoot and persist.
Next, we encourage you to become a knowledgeable resource and partner with Peabody to support your student. When your student reaches out for help, share some resources and services that may be able to help. Review the information provided below. Please don’t ever hesitate to reach out if you are concerned about your student.


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Encouraging Independence

The transition from dependence to independence can be challenging for family members, especially those who have been highly involved in their student’s daily life throughout high school. This transition is also an adjustment for your student. Many students will look to their families for support and guidance during this time.

Assuredly, your unconditional guidance and support has helped your student to achieve their goals thus far and has prepared them to enter this next stage of life. We encourage you to talk with your student about the type of relationship and level of family involvement that feels right as they enter and move through college. Each family and family member will have a unique experience with this adjustment.

Families can support their students through open communication, encouragement, and motivation. It is important to be involved in your student’s life and show concern, while also allowing your student to make their own decisions and focus on new responsibilities. While we encourage students to become independent and manage their own personal and academic affairs, the safety and security of our students is our utmost concern. If you are concerned about a student’s health or behavior, please let us know right away.

Understanding FERPA

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) is a Federal law designed to protect the privacy of a student’s education record and prohibits the university from disclosing information from those records without the written consent of the student.

FERPA Release/Add an AU

Under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), colleges and universities are afforded certain liberties relative to notifying parents or guardians of information concerning their student.

In addition, the University may notify parents when there is a health or safety emergency involving their student, even if the parents do not claim the student as a dependent. For example if a student is not financially dependent on their parents or family members but list them as an emergency contact.

The parents and/or legal guardians of students under the age of twenty-one (21) at the time of disclosure may in the university’s discretion be notified if their child is found responsible for certain violations of the University alcohol or drug policies, and in cases that result in suspension and expulsion of students.

For further questions please refer to the FERPA policy or review a list of answers to frequently asked questions.