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FERPA for Everybody: What Institutions Need to Know about Student Privacy and the New Regent Rule on Systemwide Requirements for Protecting Education Records


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Courtesy of the University of Texas System Office of General Counsel Webinar Series.

FERPA. What the heck is it and what does it have to do with me? Privacy has become increasingly important to students, the media, and state and federal regulators. Electronic (and paper) records that pertain to students are everywhere at UT System institutions and many offices and department may not even realize that they collect and maintain records that are subject to a Federal law Federal Educational Records Privacy Act (FERPA), a federal privacy law administered by the US Department of Education.

Recently adopted Regent Rule 50702 and UT Systemwide Policy UTS183, Maintenance of Education Records Subject to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), require each institution to provide general FERPA training to all new employees and to adopt policies that require its administrators, faculty and staff receive training to identify and properly manage the categories of education records they are likely to encounter and to assist System employees to identify and respond effectively to Public Information Requests that involve student education records. This session will provide an overview on what you and your colleagues need to know about these new requirements:

  • What records are subject to FERPA?
  • Regents Rule 50702, UTS183, and the newly revised OGC model FERPA policy
  • New employee training requirements
  • Contracting and outsourcing issues
  • How the Office of General Counsel can help you and your institution get a handle on FERPA compliance

Presented by Barbara Holthaus.

NOTE: CPE credit will not be available for this webinar.