An Open Letter to Parents:
There are some things you should be aware of now that your son or daughter is attending college.
Students applying for services through the DRC at USU Eastern will need to attend a DRC orientation to learn about the accommodations that we provide. The DRC Advisor will conduct the orientation meeting. Once this meeting has taken place, your student simply needs to provide a copy of their schedule. You are welcome to attend these meetings if your son or daughter requests you accompany them. It is important, however, that the DRC Advisor and the student develop a good working relationship, so we encourage you to let them go on their own.
Legally speaking, now that your student is attending college, there are laws (FERPA, GRAMA, and ADA) that prevent any USU Eastern staff or faculty member from speaking to you about them, their grades, or their student record unless we have written permission from your student. These laws are designed to protect the student’s privacy, not to make things difficult for parents.
In the event that you feel your son or daughter is not receiving the needed services or accommodations, your best recourse is to help them advocate for themselves. If this is not possible, you can speak with either your student’s advisor or the Director of the DRC. Please refrain from calling faculty members as they are legally prevented from communicating with you directly.
Our goal at the Disability Resource Center is to help your college student achieve their academic goals. We understand, that as parents you may be used to intervening on his or her behalf. However, you can better serve your son or daughter by working with their Advisor and the DRC to resolve any problems.
The Staff of the Disability Resource Center