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DeSantis, Nick – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2012
College campuses are hothouses of data, including course schedules, degree requirements, and grades. But much of the information remains spread out across software systems or locked on university servers. Start-up companies want to pry the information loose from campus servers in order to offer personalized services that could transform the…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Campuses, Grades (Scholastic), Scores
Lake, Peter – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2009
New regulations for the Family Rights and Privacy Act (Ferpa), which governs the privacy of student records, become effective this month. Announced by the Department of Education in December 2008, the regulations empower colleges to act appropriately and decisively to protect the health and safety of students and others. They also signify a new…
Descriptors: College Students, Student Records, Privacy, Trust (Psychology)
Lipka, Sara – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2008
New regulations may expand the thicket of student-privacy law, but the U.S. Department of Education hopes that an in-depth guide will help colleges and universities find their way. Last week the department released new rules on the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (Ferpa), which governs the disclosure of student records. The regulations…
Descriptors: Student Records, Schools of Education, Safety, Privacy
Glenn, David – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2008
Last month several news organizations reported on the emergence of "fusion centers"--vast data clearinghouses, operated by state law-enforcement agencies, that can instantly call up key personal information on anyone: telephone numbers, insurance records, family ties, and much more. Architects of the fusion centers say they are a…
Descriptors: Databases, Privacy, Student Records, Federal Legislation
McDonald, Steven J. – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2008
An extraordinary amount of the national discussion since the shootings at Virginia Tech a year ago has focused on the role that the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, or Ferpa, the federal statute governing the privacy of student records, played in that tragedy. What that discussion has revealed most notably is that, although colleges have…
Descriptors: Student Records, Privacy, Civil Rights, Federal Legislation
Smith, Robert B.; Fleming, Dana L. – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2007
Virginia recently became the first state to pass legislation that bars public colleges and universities from punishing or expelling students "solely for attempting to commit suicide, or seeking mental-health treatment for suicidal thoughts or behaviors." While well intentioned, the law adds nothing to current law and will, in fact, make…
Descriptors: Colleges, Legal Responsibility, Suicide, College Students
Van Der Werf, Martin – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2007
This article describes the findings of a Florida commission on campus safety that was issued in May 2007. The commission contradicted assertions by officials at Virginia Tech that they could not share information about the gunman in April's fatal shooting rampage because of privacy laws. The commission was assembled by Governor Charlie Crist in…
Descriptors: School Safety, Public Agencies, Privacy, Health Insurance
Fischer, Karin – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2007
Educators, mental-health officials, and law-enforcement officers often do not share information about troubled students because they are confused by what they can disclose under complex and overlapping privacy laws, according to a report on the Virginia Tech shootings. Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales and two other Bush cabinet secretaries…
Descriptors: Student Records, Privacy, Laws, Reports