Parents & the Orientation Experience
New Student Orientation understands that not only is this a time of transition for students but for parents and family members as well. Therefore, New Student Orientation offers a special orientation that will connect parents and guests to the Georgia State University community and answer questions directly related to them. While some of the programs are for both students and parents and guests, some sessions during the day will be conducted specifically for parents and guests only.
What to Expect
By attending orientation with their student, parents and guests will:
- Meet other parents and guests.
- Learn about valuable university services and programs like Enrollment Services, Campus Services and University Police.
- Explore student life, both inside and outside the classroom.
- Discuss campus issues with current Georgia State University student leaders.
- Hear about ways to assist their students in this time of transition and change.
- Meet with representatives from the Dean of Students office.
The advisement and registration part of the program is an opportunity for students to make some independent decisions about their course schedule and academic plan, and there are highly qualified staff and faculty members guiding them though the process. Therefore, this session of the day will be for students only. Since their advice is also valuable and important, parents and families should discuss academic plans with their student before new orientation day.
It is important to know that, due to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), there is certain information pertaining to student’s personal, academic and financial records to which parents and families may not have immediate access without their consent. FERPA will be discussed in greater detail on new student orientation day.
What is FERPA?
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) is a Federal law that protects the privacy of student education records. The law applies to all schools that receive funds under an applicable program of the U.S. Department of Education. FERPA rights are provided only to university applicants upon actual acceptance to, and subsequent enrollment in, classes at the university. Under FERPA, students attending an institution of postsecondary education may:
- Consent to disclosure of personally identifiable information contained in the student’s education record except to the extent that FERPA authorizes closure without consent.
- Choose to suppress (i.e., keep from being disclosed) their directory information.
- Inspect and review their educational records.
- Seek amendment of their education records if believed to be inaccurate, misleading or otherwise in violation of their privacy rights.
- File complaints with the U. S. Department of Education about alleged failures by the university to comply with the requirements of FERPA.
For more information about FERPA, please visit the Georgia State University FERPA Records Access Policy.