Recent events at higher education institutions throughout the country, including the tragic events at Virginia Tech, have raised many questions regarding how information is shared within higher education institutions regarding students, and how common misperceptions regarding legal limitations on the disclosure of information can create harmful institutional inertia.
Appropriately, many higher education institutions place considerable emphasis on respecting student’s privacy and protecting their personal information. The federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (“FERPA”) provides significant legal protections for students, and generally requires a student’s consent to disclose information within a student’s educational record. However, FERPA includes some important, and often times overlooked, exceptions that provide higher educational institutions with opportunities to share and disclose information within the institution that may assist the institution in protecting its students and employees.
Learn more about FERPA from the University of Colorado Legal team:
FERPA and/or Reporting Concerns