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ERIC Number: EJ1160073
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0884-9153
Ask and You Might Not Receive: How FERPA's Disclosure Provisions Can Affect Educational Research
Tonsager, Lindsey; Skeath, Caleb W.
Journal of Student Financial Aid, v47 n3 Article 6 2017
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) regulates how schools collect, use, and disclose student information, including disclosures to third-party educational researchers. This article examines how educational researchers can structure their activities to reduce the risk of violating FERPA's disclosure restrictions. In order to do so, we present two options for researchers to consider: utilizing de-identified student information that does not fall within the scope of FERPA, or complying with FERPA by securing prior consent for student information disclosure or qualifying for an exception from FERPA's consent requirement. The article's discussion of these options includes an overview of FERPA's legal framework, along with the practical advantages and disadvantages of each option.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: Researchers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act 1974; Privacy Act 1974; Higher Education Act 1965
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A