Santa Fe Letter Home for Parents
Privacy Protection Policy Coming to Freshmen Parents
Parents of freshmen should expect to receive before Thanksgiving a letter from the Registrar outlining the college’s privacy protection policy under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act. FERPA, the federal law that protects the privacy of student education records, applies to all schools that receive funds under an applicable program of the U.S. Department of Education. The law gives parents certain rights with respect to their children's education records. These rights transfer to the student when he or she reaches the age of 18 or attends a school beyond the high school level.
The letter is sent out to parents before Freshman Don Rags, which occur the Monday and Tuesday of Thanksgiving Week. In the letter, parents are urged to focus on a shared conversation with their student--in the spirit of St. John’s College dialogue. By the end of the second week in December, the Dean communicates by letter with the parents of dependent students as to outcomes. Parents with questions about this process may contact the Registrar at 505-984-6075 or firstname.lastname@example.org