Study Away Administrative Guidelines
This document guides the entire process. We constantly update the manual as we encounter new situations.
Study Away Leader Guide (updated Dec. 2018)
Study Away Standard Operating Procedures (update April 2018)
FERPA and Communication with Parents/Guardians
The program leader should make themselves aware of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). While certain academic and personal protections exist within the FERPA guidelines, the leaders may exercise discretion on reporting matters to a participant's emergency contact.
The basic definition is that if a student creates a situation that puts an individual student or the people around the student at risk, then FERPA does not apply. If the matter is an academic issue, where there is no physical risk, then FERPA does apply.
Further information may be obtained at the following site: http://www.wku.edu/registrar/ferpa.php
The full text of the legislation is available here.