Parent Communication

Students in the College enjoy the freedom to chart their own individual course toward graduation. In addition to the guidance they receive from faculty and administrators, students also benefit from informed support from parents and family members. Therefore, the College strives to assist you, as a family member, in finding out what resources and opportunities are available, to help your student make informed academic choices and decisions.

The Family Resource Guide and the Hurricane Family Connection Newsletter are published periodically during each academic year with information about policies and procedures, new initiatives, highlights of campus resources, and upcoming dates and deadlines for students. Parents are also welcome to read the weekly online publication of University of Miami news found in University of Miami news website

Student Records and FERPA

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) protects the privacy of educational records. FERPA considers college students (unlike high school students) to be independent and, therefore, information about them, save for basic “directory” information, may not be released to parents or guardians unless the student consents to disclosure, or other exceptions to FERPA apply.

Saying Goodbye and Letting Go: The Empty Nest

We are happy to share the following list of publications with parents and family dealing with the adjustment of sending your student away to the College and the University of Miami:

Coburn, K.L. and Treeger, M.L. (2009) Letting Go: A Parents' Guide to Understanding the College Years, 5th edition. New York: HarperCollins

Hofer, B. K. and Moore A.S.  (2010). The iConnected Parent: Staying Close to Your Kids in College (and Beyond) While Letting Them Grow Up. New York: FreePress.

Johnson H. E. and Schelhas-Miller, C. (2000) Don't Tell Me What to Do, Just Send Money: The Essential Parenting Guide to the College Years. New York: St. Martin's Press

Liebow, D. (2010). What to Do When College is Not The Best Time of Your Life. New York: Columbia University Press

Savage, M. (2003) You're On Your Own (but I'm here if you need me): Mentoring your child during the college years. New York: Simon & Schuster

Sachs, B. E. (2010). Emptying the Nest: Launching Your Young Adult Toward Success and Self-Reliance. New York: Palgrave McMillan.