Hofstra University values families as essential partners in guiding our students on their journey toward becoming responsible global citizens. We recognize that students grow and mature when they reflect upon and assume responsibility for their actions and decisions. In accordance with Hofstra’s student-centered philosophy, the University strives to communicate and work with students directly while embracing our partnerships with families.
Hofstra's P.R.I.D.E. Principles establish expectations for student life, in and out of the classroom, and foster skill building in the following areas, among others: critical thinking; independent decision-making; sound judgment; introspection and self-reflection; and logical and ethical reasoning. By giving students autonomy to personally experience and practice these critical skills, families and the University foster an environment for student growth and development.
In accordance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), the University reserves the right to notify families in emergency situations to protect the health or safety of students or others. This may include instances where a student presents a serious risk of harm to self and/or others; hospitalization or hospital transport; official report of a missing student; or serious mental health concerns. In addition, the University may notify parents of students under age 21 in cases of serious or repeated violations of laws or policies regarding alcohol or other drugs.
Hofstra University recognizes that individual instances guide decisions regarding family notification, depending on the nature and severity of the situation. Although students are encouraged to maintain ongoing communication with their families, the University reserves the right to notify families directly and/or to ensure that they have been satisfactorily informed in circumstances such as those listed above. University staff will attempt to communicate with the student before contacting a family member in order to discuss the possible benefits and challenges of notification. The vice president for student affairs or designees use professional judgment when determining whether notifying parents or guardians is essential and benefits student welfare.
For more detailed information about the role that families play in the lives of Hofstra students, please consult the Hofstra Parent and Family Handbook.