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At Kettering, these principles guide us in our relationships with students and parents:
- We encourage students and their parents to maintain an ongoing, open dialogue and to speak frankly about academic progress and personal responsibility, including the use of alcohol and personal safety issues. Oftentimes, these conversations prove more valuable to our students than the University’s policies and its extensive resources.
- We trust students to manage their own affairs, including decisions about academic, financial, and personal matters.
- We expect students to act responsibly and in accordance with the Kettering University Student Code of Conduct. We hold them accountable for their behavior. When students make mistakes—and they do—we help them learn and grow from their experiences.
- We expect students to take full advantage of all available resources, programs, and services. Faculty and staff stand ready to assist students as they grow into independence, self-sufficiency, and self-determination.
- We afford students privacy in their academic and personal lives. When we become aware of difficult situations, the University allows each student to decide whether or when to involve parents. Federal laws limit educational and medical information we may share with parents once their student enrolls at Kettering (regardless of their age). Note that federal laws (the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974/FERPA and the Privacy Rule of the Health Insurance Portability and Privacy Act of 1996/HIPAA) severely limit educational and medical information we may share with parents. FERPA does permit the University to notify parents under certain specified circumstances, such as when a student under the age of 21 violates public laws or university policies relating to the use or possession of alcohol or controlled substances.
In rare instances, parental involvement or notification may be appropriate: when a student’s enrollment status changes (on leave, withdrawn, suspended, etc.); when a health or safety emergency exists; or when a student otherwise engages in behavior calling into question the appropriateness of the student’s continued residency in university housing or enrollment in the University. In these situations, we encourage students to communicate directly with their parents. Where student consent is not sought or available, however, the University may contact parents, to the extent permitted by law.
Scroll through our navigation bar on the left and you will see that Kettering provides many resources for parents and families. New student and family programs offer opportunities for learning more about all our programs and services, as well as for connecting with other parents. Our communications, including those we send by email, will keep you informed about deadlines and events. (Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will add you to our mailing list.)
You may also enjoy the Student Life website, which demonstrates learning takes place all over campus, from clubs and organizations to the athletic fields; from leadership opportunities to community service. Join us in encouraging your student to get involved on campus. Doing so will enrich your student’s collegiate experience, and yours too!
We invite you to take full advantage of all that we offer to parents. If you would like to speak with a Student Life professional or need a referral to another department, call (810) 762-9872. If you have suggestions for information you would like us to post on this website, please send us an email at email@example.com
Vice President of Student Life & Dean of Students
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