What is FERPA?

FERPA is the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, a federal law designed to protect the privacy of students’ educational records. Because of FERPA, employees of BYU cannot give you information about any student without the student’s written consent.

How does FERPA affect parents of BYU students?

BYU employees cannot give out any information about students unless it is specifically designated as directory information. While we would love to answer your questions, we are not at liberty to disclose any information about your student’s interactions with his or her mentor.

Encouraging Participation in Mentoring

Why should my child participate?

By participating in mentoring, each student will receive a mentor. Mentors are upperclassmen who have been successful in their time at BYU. Through mentoring, students will have someone to ask the tricky questions that come up during their first year. They will also have someone to direct them to campus resources, give study success tips, and offer a listening ear. Because freshmen register for classes later, we also reserve spots specifically for freshmen in GE classes that would otherwise fill up with upperclassmen. When a student signs up for a mentored course he or she gets a reserved spot in a high-demand class and receives a mentor.