ERIC Number: ED226515
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981
Reference Count: 0
Law Enforcement Information and the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act.
American Bar Association, Chicago, IL.
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) pertains broadly to education records, though an institution can exempt its law enforcement records from FERPA coverage. The primary purpose of this report was to examine FERPA's effect on the flow of information between institutions of higher education and law enforcement agencies. Study findings are based on interviews with: (1) federal staff; (2) representatives of national college and university organizations; (3) over 100 persons representing 7 colleges and universities that differ in location, size, and governance; and (4) local law enforcement officials whose jurisdictions bordered the institutions surveyed. The report discusses recordkeeping practices at academic institutions, summarizes the important provisions of FERPA, then discusses in more detail the institutions surveyed. Law enforcement appears not to have been negatively affected because the relevant provision of FERPA has not been strictly followed. It is recommended that FERPA be amended to permit exchange of education and law enforcement information when an institution determines that such exchange is in the interest of the institution, its students, or the public. (MLF)
Descriptors: Compliance (Legal), Confidential Records, Federal Legislation, Law Enforcement, Police School Relationship, Postsecondary Education, Privacy, Recordkeeping, School Security, Student Records
Publications, American Bar Association, Division of Public Service Activities, 1800 M Street N.W., Washington, DC 20036 ($2.70).
Publication Type: Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Law Enforcement Assistance Administration (Dept. of Justice), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: American Bar Association, Chicago, IL.
Identifiers: Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act 1974
Note: Prepared by the ABA's Section of Individual Rights and Responsibilities.