Parent and Family Resources

Congratulations on becoming part of the USFSM family! While your student may benefit from the University’s small classes, expert faculty and diverse programs, we want you to realize you are part of the USFSM community, also.

Realizing that the transition from high school to a university is one of the most difficult times for students and their families, we’ve compiled a list of resources below to help you navigate the University and best support your student.

Orientation

Parents are encouraged to attend Freshman Orientation.  There are certain sessions designed to answer questions for parents, provide resources and give guidance on best practices for helping your student succeed.

Academic Calendar

Use the USFSM Academic Calendar to plan your semester, identify stressful times in the year, plan family vacations and other events around university breaks and classes.

Campus Safety

USFSM is proud of its ongoing commitment to the safety of our students. Campus police officers not only react to crimes, but are a part of the community, helping students to prevent incidents before they happen. We urge students to sign up for MoBull Messenger so that they can receive any USF emergency notifications.

Also, please feel free to check out our procedures, activity reports and other information on the campus police website.

FERPA

FERPA is the acronym for the Family Educational Rights & Privacy Act of 1974, as amended. It is also known as the “Buckley Amendment.” This law protects the privacy of student educational records and affords students the right to refuse to permit USF (and other educational institutions) from releasing or disclosing any information about them.

While FERPA gives parents certain rights with respect to their children’s education records, these rights transfer to the student when he or she reaches the age of 18 or attends a school beyond the high school level. Students to whom the rights have transferred are “eligible students.”

If a student would like to allow a 3rd party access to their education records they may fill out the Third Party Authorization Form.