A new chapter
You're one of our key partners in assuring your student's success both academically and personally. While your role will change somewhat, you'll still have an extremely important role to play: supporter, resource person, sounding board and, most importantly, loved one.
Parent and family orientation
Whether this is your first student attending the University of Calgary or you’ve been through the experience before, Parent and Family Orientation is designed especially for you!
This event will help equip you with the information you need to support your student throughout their University of Calgary experience.
Join us for:
- Engaging and interactive presentations by student affairs professionals
- Tips that will help you support your student’s transition to university
- Discussions about the changes you can expect in your student
- Opportunities to speak with campus staff and current University of Calgary students
When do we contact parents?
At the University of Calgary, we treat students as adults. Part of this means that we don’t release personal information about students to anyone other than the student. In fact, this is required by law.
Freedom of information & protection of privacy act (FOIP)
As a rule, the University of Calgary will not share information about a student with a third party. In accordance with Alberta’s Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, the following information is considered private and must be protected:
- Home address or telephone number
- Information relating to an individual’s race, national or ethnic origin; age; birth date; marital or family status; health or health care history
- Most educational history
- ID number
- Evaluative information
Under Section 40(1)(d) of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, if a student would like to authorize a third party to have access to their confidential personal information, they must do so in writing using the Third Party Authorization form.
In the case of students living in residence, the university reserves the right to contact next of kin at any point, however our intent is to treat students as adults. If a student is under the age of 18, then a parent is required to sign the occupancy agreement. However, that does not mean that institution will contact parents for any violations of the agreement.
Keep an open dialogue with your student
Unlike high school, we don’t send report cards home, call the student’s family if they’ve been absent from class, inform parents if the student is having difficulties or let someone know if the student has fees owing.
This may be a significant change for family members who've previously been highly involved with their student’s education.
We recommend talking with your student about their plan for managing their schooling as well as the type of information you wish they would share with you.
Keep in mind that it is ultimately the student’s decision which personal information they choose to disclose.