Lehigh staff and faculty are limited to the kind of information that can be shared with your parent(s) because of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA). FERPA states, “At the postsecondary level, parents have no inherent rights to inspect their son’s or daughter’s educational records. The right to inspect is limited solely to the student.” Your grades, GPA and other “non-directory” information can only be obtained by a parent with your permission.
Lehigh has developed a portal site specifically for parents and family members aimed to provide parent access to relevant student record information. The accessible information is based upon specific permission granted by you. Each parent or listed family member will have an individual account. A mailing about the Parent Portal is mailed to your parent(s) within the first two months of your first semester at Lehigh. An email will be sent to your Lehigh University email address with instructions regarding granting access to your parent(s). Students are able to grant parent access to the following areas: Account Receivable, Account Holds, Address, Financial Aid, Schedule, and Transcript.
If you choose to grant your parent(s) access to your educational and financial record, you must log into Banner through connect.lehigh.edu and follow the steps below.
- Select the Student Services tab and choose “Parent Access”
- In the drop-down box above the submit button, choose the name of the parent for whom you wish to grant access and click submit. When the page refreshes, each check-box labeled “No” will change to “Yes” when clicked. Changing the option to “Yes” signifies that your parent will have access to that information. Be sure to click “Submit” to save your changes. Repeat these steps for each parent. (Refer to the diagram below.)
Changes to the access you have granted can be made at any time. Please remember that you should never give your login credentials to another user – parents will be given their own login information in order to utilize the parent portal.