Resources for Parents

The Parent & Family Association provides resources and services that will help you guide your student during their college career. This page is updated throughout the year with the most relevant and timely information.


The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) is a federal law designed to protect the privacy of education records; to establish the right of students to inspect and review their education records; and to provide guidelines for the correction of inaccurate and misleading data through informal and formal hearings. What this means is that, in general, no one may release information from the student record to a third party, including parents, without written permission from the student.

FERPA was established by the federal government in 1974 and applies to all institutions receiving federal funding. It applies to both K-12 and post-secondary institutions, but students have different rights in K-12 than when in college.

The same laws that give parents and students access to and control over a child’s educational records during elementary and high school transfer ownership of the records to the student at the college level.

According to FERPA (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, also known as the Buckley Amendment), college students are considered responsible adults and are allowed to determine who will receive information about them. Under this law, parents who want to receive a copy of their student’s academic or financial records can do so if their student signs a release form. FERPA, along with the State of Minnesota Data Privacy Act, forms the backdrop for the university policy on student records.

Possible Federal and State Data Collection and Use

As of January 3, 2012, the U.S. Department of Education's FERPA regulations expanded the circumstances under which education records and personally identifiable information (PII) contained in such records — including Social Security Number, grades, or other private information — may be accessed without consent.

First, the U.S. Comptroller General, the U.S. Attorney General, the U.S. Secretary of Education, or state and local education authorities ("Federal and State Authorities") may allow access to records and PII without consent to any third party designated by a Federal or State Authority to evaluate a federal- or state-supported education program. The evaluation may relate to any program that is "principally engaged in the provision of education," such as early childhood education and job training, as well as any program that is administered by an education agency or institution.

Second, Federal and State Authorities may allow access to education records and PII without consent to researchers performing certain types of studies, in certain cases even when we object to or do not request such research. Federal and State Authorities must obtain certain use-restriction and data security promises from the entities that they authorize to receive your PII, but the Authorities need not maintain direct control over such entities. In addition, in connection with Statewide Longitudinal Data Systems, State Authorities may collect, compile, permanently retain, and share without consent PII from education records, and they may track participation in education and other programs by linking such PII to other personal information that they obtain from other Federal or State data sources, including workforce development, unemployment insurance, child welfare, juvenile justice, military service, and migrant student records systems

There are many opportunities for your daughter to get connected to clubs, activities and events on campus. St. Kate’s offers a variety of activities to cater to your daughter’s interests - whether she’s interested in politics, sports, professional interests, hobbies, volunteer activities or anything at all – we have a group or activity for her.

Each fall the Student Center and Activities office sponsors the Activities Fair and in the spring, hosts the Opportunities Fair. These fairs provide your daughter with an opportunity to connect with other students who share her interests, find ways to add leadership skills to her St. Kate’s experience, and learn more about events on campus.

These events are a great first step in getting connected to campus life, so talk to your daughter about attending these events. If your daughter does not attend the Activities or Opportunities Fair, she is always welcome to stop by the Student Center and Activities Office to learn more about clubs and organizations on campus, upcoming movies or music events she can attend or to get more information about a specific event or group.


Here you will find event calendars, a listing of clubs and organizations, resources on involvement and leadership opportunities, programs and events for students, and much more. You can also hear testimonials from students about how they got connected and how getting involved on campus has positively affected their St. Kate’s experience.

Here are some recommended books for parents and families of students attending college.

Letting Go: A Parents' Guide to Understanding the College Years
Karen Levin Coburn and Madge Lawrence

Don't Tell Me What to Do, Just Send Money: The Essential Parenting Guide to College
Helen E. Johnson and Christine Schelhas-Miller

Guide to the College Experience
Jacqueline Kiernana MacKay and Wanda Johnson

When Your Kid Goes to College: A Parent's Survival Guide
Carol Barkin

When Kids Go to College: A Parents Guide to Changing Relationships
Barbara M. Newman and Philip R. Newman

Millennials Go to College
N. Howe and W. Strauss

You're On Your Own (but I'm here if you need me): Mentoring Your Child During the College Years
Marjorie Savage


New Student Registration Events

If you were not able to attend one of the spring or summer registration events, you can download the Parent Resource Packet. This packet contains handouts from our event speakers and other important campus resources.

Below are documents from the parent and family resource folders that are handed out during new student registration events. If you prefer, you can bookmark this page and use your phone or device during the event.

Academic Advising

Lizette Bartholdi, Director

Lizette will discuss academic requirements, class registration, and required Saturday Salon events.

O'Neill Center for Academic Development

Thelma Obah, Director; Patty Wallway, Associate Director and Disability Resources; Lisa King, Disability Resources Access Consultant

Thelma, Patty and Lisa will outline the many services O'Neill Center offers including tutoring in math, writing, and science and disability resources.

Academic Technology and Computer Services

Nancy Hendrickson, Director of Academic Technology

From computers to internet to cable TV, Nancy will explain what technology is available to students, and how they will access services on and off-campus.

Technology Overview | Computer Check List

Public Safety

Mark Johnson, Director

Mark will discuss parking, the 24-hour safety escort service, emergency notification, and other important safety information and services.

Residence Life

Heidi Anderson-Isaacson, Director

Heidi will answer your questions about room assignments, move-in, residence hall safety, and the social life on-campus.

Counseling Center

Heide Malat, Director

Heide will discuss counseling services and planned student workshops that are meant to support your student.

Other Folder Handouts

Important Dates and Summer To Do List

Money Management

Student Employment FAQs

Career Development

Financial Aid & Tuition

Student Accounts

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