Are you a concerned faculty or staff member?

The Student of Concern Form allows students, staff, faculty, and USFSP community members to report concerning behavior exhibited by a student. If you are aware that a student is experiencing challenges or difficulties that concern you, please report the concern using the SOCAT Referral Form.

Tips for Supporting and Encouraging Students:

  • Request to see the student in private (as long as there is not a concern for safety).
  • Briefly acknowledge your observations and perceptions of the student’s situation and express your concerns directly and honestly.
  • Listen carefully to what the student is troubled about and try to see the issue from their point of view without agreeing or disagreeing.
  • Follow up with the student to see how they are doing.
  • Help the student identify options for action and explore possible consequences. If possible, offer to phone or accompany the student to the appropriate resources.
  • Avoid labeling the student’s behavior or the issues presented.
  • Inform the student about what can be gained by meeting with a counselor or other professional to talk about their problems.
  • Be open about the limits on your ability to help the student.
  • If the student appears to be in imminent danger of hurting themselves or others, call the USFSP Campus Police at 873-4140 immediately. Afterwards, complete the Student of Concern Referral Form HERE to alert the SOCAT Case Manager of the issue for follow-up.
  • Do not promise to keep threats to self or others a secret.

Mandatory Reporting

For information about mandatory reporting of VAWA violations, please click HERE.

FEDERAL EDUCATIONAL RIGHTS AND PRIVACY ACT (FERPA)

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) (20 U.S.C. § 1232g; 34 CFR Part 99) is a Federal law that protects the privacy of student education records. The law applies to all schools that receive funds under an applicable program of the U.S. Department of Education.

FERPA gives parents certain rights with respect to their children’s education records. These rights transfer to the student when he or she reaches the age of 18 or attends a school beyond the high school level. Students to whom the rights have transferred are “eligible students.”

Parents or eligible students have the right to inspect and review the student’s education records maintained by USFSP. USFSP is not required to provide copies of records unless, for reasons such as great distance, it is impossible for parents or eligible students to review the records. USFSP may charge a fee for copies.

Parents or eligible students have the right to request that USFSP correct records which they believe to be inaccurate or misleading. If USFSP decides not to amend the record, the parent or eligible student then has the right to a formal hearing. After the hearing, if  USFSP still decides not to amend the record, the parent or eligible student has the right to place a statement with the record setting forth his or her view about the contested information.

Generally, USFSP must have written permission from the parent or eligible student in order to release any information from a student’s education record. However, FERPA allows USFSP to disclose those records, without consent, to the following parties or under the following conditions (34 CFR § 99.31):

  • School officials with legitimate educational interest
  • Other schools to which a student is transferring
  • Specified officials for audit or evaluation purposes
  • Appropriate parties in connection with financial aid to a student
  • Organizations conducting certain studies for or on behalf of the school
  • Accrediting organizations
  • To comply with a judicial order or lawfully issued subpoena
  • Appropriate officials in cases of health and safety emergencies
  • State and local authorities, within a juvenile justice system, pursuant to specific State law

USFSP may disclose, without consent, “directory” information such as a student’s name, address, telephone number, date and place of birth, honors and awards, and dates of attendance. However, USFSP must tell parents and eligible students about directory information and allow parents and eligible students a reasonable amount of time to request that USFSP not disclose directory information about them. USFSP must notify parents and eligible students annually of their rights under FERPA. The actual means of notification (special letter, inclusion in a PTA bulletin, student handbook, or newspaper article) is left to the discretion of USFSP.