Parental Notification Policy

  The University of South Carolina may notify the parent/legal guardian of a student enrolled on the Columbia campus who is under 21 years of age:
  • following any violation of university policy regarding alcohol and/or other drugs
  • following any incident in which the use of alcohol or drugs has resulted in hospitalization
  • following any incident in which there is a significant concern about the health and safety of a student
Notification will occur in writing to the permanent address updated by the student through his/her Self Service account.  If parents would like information regarding their student's disciplinary case(s) from the OSC, their student can sign a FERPA - Waiver to Release Information allowing the OSC to release that information. If a student meets the legal standard for "independent status" (e.g. for tax purposes), parents will not be notified without the student's express written consent. This exception is based on the following provision of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act:

34 CFR 99.31(a)(15)(i) The disclosure is to a parent of a student at an institution of post secondary education regarding the student's violation of any Federal, State, or local law, or of any rule or policy of the institution, governing the use or possession of alcohol or a controlled substance if:

(A) The institution determines that the student has committed a disciplinary violation with respect to that use or possession; and

(B) The student is under the age of 21 at the time of the disclosure to the parent.