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TELL US: Should Parents Track Students' Whereabouts in College?

A University of Cincinnati student recently won a restraining order against her parents after they tracked her every move.

Heading off to college is a chance for not only students to grow, but for their parents to adapt to life changes as well. But in some cases, the parents may not have such an easy time letting go.  

So has been the case with one college student that made national news recently. 

A 21-year-old music student at the University of Cincinnati's College-Conservatory of Music recently convinced a judge to grant her a restraining order against her parents, according to The Huffington Post

The student, Aubrey Ireland, reportedly told the court that even though she had made the dean's list, her parents would still drive 600 miles from Kansas to Ohio, making unannounced visits to her school, accusing her of drug use, promiscuity and mental illness. 

The issue deepened when her parents installed key-logging software on her computer and cell phone, allowing them to track her every move. 

As a result, the court and the school sided with Ireland; the university has granted her a full scholarship for her senior year, while the judge issued a civil stalking order against her parents, thus ordering them to stay at least 500 feet away from their daughter and have no contact with her until September 2013. 

The news raises the issue of how much parents should "let go" of their children when they head off to college. But what do you think? Did her parents go too far? Or were they justified in trying to keep a close eye on their daughter? Let us know what you think in the comments section below. 

Indiana January 08, 2013 at 10:28 PM
I just hope the young lady is getting free contraception
Fiscal Conservative January 08, 2013 at 11:34 PM
Scholarship doesn't cover all expenses she will need to get by. Does she have any means to support herself? This court order may force her to take on expenses she did not forsee and may not be able to provide for herself. By obtaining this order, its possible that provisions parents normally assume will be removed. Anyway, her life will commence to change, maybe not the way she had planned. Freedom that she wants comes with certain consequences. Hope she is prepared to face the real world. The world I think you percieve, is one of recieving off the efforts of others. That isn't my world, not one I would like to live in. I'm too old and set in my ways to change to a society 2 - 3 generations removed from the one I grew in. Bottom line is this family faces some tough moments in the future. Hopefully, issues can be resolved in a positive way for the sake of all.
Avon Barksdale January 09, 2013 at 04:23 AM
Yes, the world I see is one of receiving ofrf the efforts of others. You are a brilliant deconstructor, I see your point.
Kelly January 09, 2013 at 01:37 PM
I am not sure why everyone is talking about this students financial position after alienating her parents through legal means. She probably discussed the situation with people in the highest levels of the schools administration. Because of her excellent grades and the possibility of her parents withdrawing their financial support, the school offered her the scholarship. She probably wouldn't have filed this restraining order if they did not offer her the full scholarship. Tuition, and living expenses will be paid for now. She can get a job, or a student loan to provide spending money and whatever else she needs while she is a student, no big deal. I know plenty of people who have done it. Now about her parents requirement to support her, there is none. I am a second wife who has a husband paying child support in Massachusetts so I know how it goes. It looks like her parents are married, and married parents have absolutely no legal obligation to support their children financially once they leave the home. However, if the parents are divorced, then the non custodial parent (usually the father) has to pay child support up until a certain age if that child is in school. In Massachusetts, the age is 23. It makes absolutely no sense, but there you have it.
Indiana January 09, 2013 at 01:45 PM
At least she gets her senior year free...seriously these parents are lunatics! Obviously this must have bee n going on in some fashion her whole child hood and teens - graduate with honors and go on your own and best of luck

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