As a Longhorn parent, there are times when you may require assistance from the Office of the Dean of Students (DoS) on behalf of your student. This can range from support for administrative problems to addressing your student's needs in the case of injury or illness. You are an integral part of your student's experience at UT Austin, and DoS can help you access university resources. Our first concern, however, is always our students, and we cannot violate their confidentiality or provide information that violates the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). FERPA is a Federal law that protects the privacy of student educational records and gives students (over the age of 18 years or attending an institution of higher education) the right to access and correct their records. Other than directory information, information contained in the educational records cannot be shared without the student's written consent. For more information about FERPA, please click here.