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Although Cornell is committed to the principle of freedom with responsibility and sees it as an important step in preparing students for responsible adulthood, we also acknowledge that the transformation does not happen overnight. This process can be problematic and confusing for families and students alike. Many students have grown up with their parents as active partners in their academic lives and are surprised to learn that the university does not automatically include parents when distributing grade reports and other educational records.

We urge you to discuss these issues with your student and to maintain an open dialogue throughout your student's Cornell career. Cornell will, of course, share information with parents when authorized to do so by the student. Family support is essential to your student's success, and we hope that early discussion will encourage ongoing communication and support.

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