Fundamental to Sweet Briar’s philosophy is integration of students’ academic and co-curricular lives. The Office of Student Life collaborates with the dean of the College, faculty members and other College offices to ensure that each student’s four years with us are positive and meaningful.

Student life staff supports students while encouraging them to make the most of all that Sweet Briar offers. Students engage in the life of the College through a range of intellectual, social, cultural, spiritual and recreational activities.

While parents and families are valuable partners at Sweet Briar, self-responsibility and integrity are crucial values. That means each student takes responsibility for her College experience. It is up to her to meet the College’s expectations and share important information with her family or guardians. This is especially crucial in the case of academic or social issues. As a parent, if you contact staff with a concern, we typically will involve your daughter in the conversation.

We recognize that there are situations in which consulting with families is necessary, but ordinarily we want students to resolve challenges through the numerous available campus resources. We are here every day, all day, to support each student on her journey.

We look forward to meeting and welcoming you to campus!

Families Orientation

Parents, families, and loved ones are invited to attend families orientation on Saturday, Aug. 14 and Sunday, Aug. 15.  All sessions are optional and we invite you to attend what you are able to, based on your travel needs.  Families orientation will end at 3:45 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 15.

Click here for the family orientation schedule.  Please note: this is a draft schedule and is subject to change.  A final printed orientation schedule will be provided when you arrive on campus.  The student orientation schedule can be viewed here.

New students will be provided with two guest tickets for meals during the weekend.  Students may purchase additional guest meals if needed.  We encourage new students and their families to make decisions based on their family needs, but to also be mindful of the number of guests they are bringing for move-in and orientation.

Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, also known as the Buckley Amendment, helps protect the privacy of student education records. The Act provides for the right to inspect and review education records, the right to seek to amend those records, and the right to limit disclosure of information from the records. The intent of the legislation is to protect the rights of students and to ensure the privacy and accuracy of education records. The Act applies to all institutions that receive funds under an applicable program of the U.S. Department of Education.

Who is protected under FERPA?

Students who are currently or formerly enrolled, regardless of their age or status in regard to parental dependency, are protected.

What are educational records under FERPA?

With certain exceptions, educational records are defined as any record directly related to a student from which a student can be personally identified, and is maintained by an education agency or institution or by a party acting for the agency or institution.

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