Let Ferpa Be Ferpa

By January 14, 2018

By Zach Greenberg at The Chronicle of Higher Education

From the ashes of the Watergate scandal rose Ferpa, the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, passed in 1974 in response to the fear that the government was keeping secret and inaccurate files on students, which could be harmfully disclosed. In the words of Ferpa’s architect, James L. Buckley, a U.S. senator from New York, the law was enacted to “protect the rights of students and their parents and to prevent the abuse of personal files and data in the area of federally assisted educational activities.” Signed into law less than two weeks after the resignation of President Richard Nixon, it was ostensibly written to protect students at government-funded educational institutions from the hidden abuse of their files…

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