ERIC Number: EJ842181
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Apr
Don't Hit that "Delete" Button!
T.H.E. Journal, v36 n4 p42-43 Apr 2009
On Dec. 1, 2006, the once ambiguous role of e-mails in court cases became much more clear. On that day, the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure (FRCP), which govern federal civil litigation, were amended to establish standards for the discovery of electronically stored information, now known as e-discovery. Many corporations began moving quickly to implement comprehensive e-mail archiving solutions to comply with the new rules, as well as federal statutes such as the Sarbanes-Oxley Act and the Fair Labor Standards Act, which also include language that instructs organizations about e-mail retention. K-12 schools, however, have been slower to act, partly because they do not have to comply with as many federal regulations as their corporate counterparts, and partly because of perceived increases in the cost and workload associated with these archiving solutions. It has only been within the last year or so that school districts were pushed into saving their e-mails, spurred by the K-12 ed tech organization, Consortium for School Networking, which took up the cause in a June 2008 white paper titled "School Districts, Data Retention, and Federal E-Discovery Rules: The Case for a Full E-mail Archiving Solution Now." The paper brought to light the need for school districts to archive their e-mail not only for the purposes of satisfying federal e-discovery requirements, but also as part of a comprehensive disaster recovery and business continuity plan. This article describes River Oaks Baptist School's use of the services of an off-site host in archiving e-mails, a decision prompted by its experience during Hurricane Katrina, which exposed the inadequacies of its Microsoft Exchange server and the need for a revised disaster recovery plan.
Descriptors: Emergency Programs, Labor Standards, School Districts, Court Litigation, Corporations, Electronic Mail, Federal Legislation, Federal Regulation, Archives, Recordkeeping, Information Storage, Computer Networks, Information Management, Client Server Architecture
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education; Elementary Secondary Education; High Schools; Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Texas
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Fair Labor Standards Act