ERIC Number: ED468176
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001
Student Privacy versus Campus Safety: Has Recent Legislation Compromised Privacy Rights?
van der Kaay, Christopher D.
This study highlights major legislation addressing campus safety and crime reporting and discusses its impact on a student's right to privacy. The 1974 Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, commonly referred to as the "Buckley Amendment," was among the first pieces of legislation to address the notion of student privacy and confidentiality. This amendment requires that educational institutions not release identifiable student information without student consent or it will risk losing federal funds. If an institution hides crime statistics under the provisions of the Buckley Amendment, it may not meet the requirements of the Campus Awareness and Campus Security Act of 1990, in which institutions of higher education are required to provide campus crime statistics and describe security procedures. Other federal legislation relates to the disclosure of information about campus crime, and there is proposed legislation that would extend requirements for disclosure of information about campus crime. These provisions receive criticism from privacy advocates, but, in light of the September 11 terrorist attacks, student information has become more accessible under the U.S.A. Patriot Act. Public concern over the balance between privacy and safety will continue to shift, as has been demonstrated by the consequences of September 11. (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
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