Frequently Asked Questions for Students & Parents

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. As a parent/guardian, do I have access to my son or daughter's academic records?

    • Under Section 49061 of the Education Code, parents/guardians of community college students do not have a right to access their children's student records, regardless of whether the student is under the age of 18. In accordance with this regulation, students' college records will be released to parents/guardians only with the written consent of the student.

  2. As a parent/guardian, can I contact my son's/daughter's instructor regarding course content, assignments and/or grading policy?

    • Your student is enrolled in a college course and it is important to understand that instructors work directly with students, as opposed to the type of parent/guardian interactions you are accustomed to at the high school level. Under FERPA (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act) instructors are not required to discuss student performance or other student-related issues with parents/guardians.

  3. As a parent/guardian, can I request a grade progress report from my son's/daughter's instructor?

    • Under FERPA (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act) instructors are not required to discuss student performance or other student-related issues with parents/guardians, including progress or grades.

  4. How are college courses different than high school classes?

    • Since the community college environment addresses the learning needs of adults, there are some concerns to consider when enrolling in courses at Saddleback College such as: The possibility of controversial content of courses, the maturity level of minor students that enables them to learn the content and perform at an equivalent level to the adults in the classroom, the ability for minors to perform out-of-class assignments that may require travel or admission to adult environments such as R-rated movies.

  5. What is in a syllabus?

    • Faculty establish a syllabus for each course, which include the course content or objectives, assignments, a general guide to the pacing of the course, and information about how grades will be determined. Once a student receives the syllabus for the course from the instructor and the student decides to remain enrolled in the course, the syllabus becomes the contract between the student and teacher.