Is My Child Succeeding?
Your interest in your student’s experience at College is important and a reflection of your natural curiosity about his/her experience at Seneca. The information that s/he shares with you about the College experience may provide some satisfaction in a job well done. It’s important to keep in mind, however, that as a supporter you will not have access to your student’s records. Like all other post-secondary institutions, Seneca is bound to keep its students’ records confidential under the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. Seneca is not able to release any academic information to any third party without written authorization of the student; this includes students' marks and registration status.
When you ask your student how they are doing, or what they are doing, they may decide to just tell you what you think they want to hear. Make sure that you ask about more than just grades. Ask them what they are learning about in class, so they like their faculty, is there variety of food in the cafeteria, what is there to do on campus on the weekends, is there anything from home that you want me to send, etc. Make sure you show interest in students’ experiences. Importantly, don’t forget to talk your student about what is happening at home and what is going on in your life. Especially if it involves remodeling their space at home!!! Avoid judging them and their experiences; new students are going through many changes and stresses making them sensitive to any hints of disappointment or criticism. Keep the questions about finances, grades, and other specific information separate from the personal conversation if you can.