ERIC Number: ED351677
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Aug
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The Buckley Amendment and Campus Police Reports.
Bush, Ellen M.
Recognizing that escalating concern about campus crime has focused attention nationwide on the Buckley Amendment (a federal privacy law designed to protect education records), this paper examines the legislative history and intent behind Congress's approval in 1974 of Buckley's Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). The paper first notes that this legislation opened school records to students and their parents but barred the release of records to anyone else without the permission of the student or the parents, and that this includes campus police records. The paper then looks at the question of access to information when state open records law and federal privacy rules appear to collide. The paper examines the legislative history and intent behind the FERPA Act. The paper also considers how the Department of Education (ED) has read FERPA and how judges have interpreted its intent in "Bauer v. Kincaid" and other recent cases. In an aftermath section, the paper examines the confusion at many universities after the "Bauer" case. Eighty-four footnotes are included. (NKA)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers: Bauer v Kincaid; Buckley Amendment; Department of Education
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (75th, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, August 5-8, 1992).