The college years are ones in which a student’s relationship with his or her parents shifts from childhood dependency to a deep, enduring, mutually respectful friendship and emotional support. The University’s policy is to honor both students’ emerging adulthood and the importance of family connections for student well-being. Ultimately, Lawrence Tech places the responsibility for parental communication on the student. However, the following are guidelines that Lawrence Technological University has instituted in situations deemed appropriate for parental contact.
The director of first-year experience communicates events and general information regarding first-year students under the age of 21 to their parents at the beginning of each semester, in the middle of the semester, and at the end of the academic calendar year.
Alcohol and/or Drug Incidents
The parents of enrolled students under the age of 21 who are found responsible for offenses involving alcohol and/or drugs may be notified. The process of adjudicating these violations will be handled in accordance with the Student Code of Conduct. The dean of students or designee will determine, in each instance, whether parental notification will be made. In non-life-threatening circumstances, Lawrence Tech will wait until disciplinary proceedings are completed before implementing parental notification.
Health and Safety Emergencies
Parental notification may occur in cases involving health, safety, or life-threatening emergencies, regardless of the age or financial dependency of the student. An incident in which a student is transported to the hospital may be considered life threatening. Actions that endanger the student, the University, or the local community, or the academic process, or cause harm to self or others may result in parental notification. The dean of students or designee will determine, in each instance, whether parental notification will be made.