The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA) is a federal law designed to protect the privacy of student education records. In order for the Student Account Services and University Billing Office to release information to any third party (including parents), a student must first grant permission. The student can set up an Authorized Payer in the QuikPAY billing and payment system, allowing the authorized individual the ability to view online statements, make payments, and ask questions about the student account. In addition, generally, university officials (including Residence Life and Graduate Studies) are not allowed to share information concerning a student’s time on campus or records without their consent, unless they have concerns about the health and safety of the individual and/or the larger university community. The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) governs rights with respect to health information.
More information concerning HIPAA is located on the CMU HIPAA website