Parents & Student Conduct
This page contains some information for parents whose student is walking through the Student Conduct Process.
FERPA and Student Confidentiality
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), a Federal law, and its corresponding regulations gives students certain rights to privacy of their education records and rights of access to their education records. Mississippi College has certain guidelines regarding FERPA and student information which you can view here.
Frequently Asked Questions
My son/daughter has a conduct case. Can you talk with me about it?
Staff members in the Office of Student Conduct are always able to share information regarding the Student Code of Conduct and the student conduct process. To discuss any specific information regarding a student's case, a student must have a "Authorization to Release Information" form on file with the Office of the Registrar which grants permission to a parent to discuss "Disciplinary Records".
Can I be present while my student is meeting with the Office of Student Conduct?
Yes, as long as the student has chosen you as their Advisor during the Student Conduct process. From the Student Code of Conduct, Article IV: Student Rights: "To have one advisor present in a student conduct conference and/or hearing. An advisor may not participate directly in a student conduct conference and/or hearing process nor may an advisor address any participant in the student conduct conference and/or hearing process other than the student the advisor represents. An attorney will not be allowed to serve as an advisor." All advisors, as well as the student, are asked to sign an "Advisor's Role" form.
Can I speak for my student at a Student Conduct meeting or hearing?
In a conduct meeting, students are expected to present their own perspective and ask questions. An advisor may ask questions in a student conduct meeting. In a hearing, an advisor may not speak to the hearing board or ask questions. An advisor may only speak quietly to the student they are advising. This outlined on the "Advisor's Role" form.