Education Abroad adheres to NMSU’s policy regarding communicating with parents under the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), the federal law that protects the privacy of student education records. While Education Abroad is happy to answer questions from a student’s support network, in many cases we are not able to share information due to FERPA regulations.
Education Abroad is student-centered and we purposefully strive to communicate with and send all correspondence to students. In keeping with university policy, we consider it the student’s responsibility to keep their parents and families informed about their education abroad enrollment and experience.
NMSU Proxy vs. Power of Attorney in Education Abroad
NMSU students may provide “proxy access” to parents, guardians, spouses, and friends to certain information in the NMSU system such as the tuition bill, financial aid requirements, academic grades, or schedule. The NMSU proxy access does not apply to Education Abroad and as such, will not allow Education Abroad staff to talk to individuals about a student’s education abroad program or process.
Should a student wish to allow Education Abroad to talk to an individual about their program, a Power of Attorney can be obtained in addition to proxy access, in which the student allows an individual to act on their behalf and serve as their legally authorized decision-maker. Power of Attorney forms are available to students via their education abroad account and must be notarized; a copy will be kept in the student’s file, while the authorized person must keep the original form.
NMSU Proxy and Power of Attorney are different and apply to different offices/situations.