Due to the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) of 1974, US universities are not allowed to disclose certain information about students to the public, including family. In the US, the ownership of information is transferred to the student once the student is 18 years of age or attending a university. Student ownership of information includes; billing information, academic standing, class schedules, and financial aid. Although this might seem strange and/or counterintuitive, the University of Wisconsin-Superior, including the Office of International Programs, cannot give billing information, academic standing, class schedules, or financial aid information to your parents, relatives, guardian, or friends.
The Office of International Programs realizes that in some circumstance this can be frustrating for students and/or their families. Most students follow our suggestion to simply take it upon themselves to keep their parents or other key people informed. A second option is to sign a waiver called the Authorization for Release of Information Form. If you are interested in this option please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Completing and submitting this form will allow anyone included on the form the ability to access your information.