Parental Notification

Montclair State University is committed to the elimination of alcohol and drug abuse and misuse within the University community. Accordingly, the University has long held policies regarding the use of alcohol and drugs on campus.

In 1998, the Higher Education Reauthorization Act of 1998 (HERA) amended the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) to allow institutions of higher education to notify parents or guardians of students under the age of 21 of the final outcome of an alcohol or drug violation.

While Montclair State University will continue to respond to underage drinking and drug infractions as violations of the law, there may be times where parental notification serves as an additional resource for students. It is therefore the intent of Montclair State University to adopt the following parental notification policy, both for incidents that take place both on-campus and off-campus involving students:

    1. Montclair State University will notify by mail parents or guardians of students under the age of 21 (at the time of adjudication) that their student has been found responsible for violating the University’s alcohol or drug policies. This will occur after a finding of responsibility for the second alcohol or drug offense, except in such cases detailed in # 4.
    2. Students whose parents will be notified of an alcohol or drug violation will be officially informed of such after a finding of responsibility is made and stated in the student’s outcome letter. This will allow the student to make contact with his or her parents or guardians prior to the letter arriving.
    3. Letters will include resources available at the University and the nearby community to assist the student and his/her family should they wish to pursue counseling or other processes. Letters will not include specifics concerning the incident
    4. In specific cases, the University will notify the parents or guardians of students under 21 years of age following a first violation. Examples of such cases may be as follows:
        • the incident involved significant property damage;
        • the incident involved a reckless disregard for the safety of the individual and/or others, including but not limited to hospital transports;
      • the incident was accompanied by other serious violations of University policy.

Parental notification will take place only after the appeal process if the student is found responsible