Barry University is concerned about students’ use and abuse of alcohol and other drugs. Federal laws governing the privacy of student records, the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), permits colleges and universities to inform the family of a student under 21 years of age when their student has been found in violation of university alcohol or drug rules and/or in the case of a health or safety emergency.
A member of the Office of the Dean of Students or a professional staff member of the Department of Housing and Residence Life will notify the family of a student younger than 21 years of age:
- By a phone call, if that resident is transported to an emergency medical treatment center for drug use or intoxication or if a person’s health and safety is at serious risk, staff will contact the person the student listed as an emergency contact at the time the student is transported.
- In writing, if the university determines that the resident has committed a serious violation of alcohol or drug policies. (This letter will be sent within several business days of the determination that the student violated university alcohol or drug policies. Some policy violations that are considered less serious-for example, a person’s first time in a room where an empty beer can has been found-may not result in a notification letter being sent.)