A new chapter
You're one of our key partners in assuring your student succeeds both academically and personally. While your role will change, you'll still have an important one to play: supporter, resource person, sounding board and, most importantly, loved one.
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. Your student does have the option of completing a third-party authorization form if they want to consent to sharing some or all of their personal university information with you.
- Government funding, awards and loans
Find out the various ways you can help finance or offset the cost your student's education.
- Know the costs
Costs may vary by program; try our cost calculator to estimate the costs for your student's chosen program.
- Paying fees
The university has online options available to make fee payment easy for students or their family members.
- Registration information
Remind your student in April that they should start preparing for online registration in May.
Freedom of information and protection of privacy act (FOIP)
As a rule, the University of Calgary cannot 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.
Benefits of living in residence
Our residences help create an on-campus community for your student and there are numerous services available to support their academic and personal success. Studies show students who live in residence have a slightly higher rate of academic success than those who don't? High school applicants who apply before May 1, are guaranteed a place in residence for two-years.
Student support on campus
At UCalgary, we offer countless programs and services that your student can access free of charge. As an important part of our campus community, we want to support your student’s success both in and outside of the classroom. A few examples of student support and wellness services, include: