The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 helps protect the privacy of student records. The act provides for the right to inspect and review educational records, the right to seek to amend those records, and to limit disclosure of information from the records. More information is available at the Registrar's Office.
Calvin’s operational policy regarding college/student communication is that the primary communication link from the college is through the student. Even though this communication policy is the operative principle, parents may still gain access to student record information as follows.
FERPA states that parents may gain permission to access student records if the student is currently claimed as a dependent for income tax purposes. However, out of common courtesy and respect for the student's rights, parents should still request access to those records and statements through the student who would then authorize that the requested information be released to the parents. More information is available from Parent Relations.