The Family Educational Rights to Privacy Act (FERPA) governs the release of and access to student education records. However, amendments to the Higher Education Act of 1965 have allowed institutions of higher education to notify parents if a student under the age of 21 commits a disciplinary violation involving alcohol or a controlled substance. Therefore, because of the health and safety risks associated with alcohol and other drug misuse, the Office of Student Conduct notifies parents/guardians of students under the age of 21 after their second alcohol and/or drug violation(s) and any subsequent violation thereafter. Under special circumstances, professional staff may elect not to notify if they determine that to be in the best interest of the student.

Cases that may involve Parental Notification include those when a student is arrested or received a citation off-campus for an alcohol and/or drug charge(s).

The purpose of this notification is to enable parents/guardians to partner with appropriate University representatives to reduce the risk of students developing patterns of behavior that could jeopardize their academic success, health, and overall wellbeing.

For more information regarding Duquesne's adherence to FERPA, please view:

Please note, you are also able to waive your FERPA rights as a student for specific individuals, such as parents or a chosen third-party. In order to do so, you must:

  • Log on to DORI and use Self-Service Banner> Personal Information> Answer a Survey> FERPA Waiver and Nondisclosure to complete the FERPA Waiver and Nondisclosure form. Hand-written requests and paper forms will not be accepted.