The Handbook for Student Law for Higher Education Administrators, Third Edition is a practical tool, intended for administrators dealing with students in higher education, focusing principally on four-year institutions. Addressing the ever-evolving relationship between higher education and the law, the book will provide the academic administrator with the means to knowledgably and confidently navigate the many legal threats and challenges facing colleges today. Focused on the "hot" issues in higher education today, and using examples from real cases and scenarios from many institutions, the handbook provides sample policies, checklists, and advice that administrators can apply to a wide variety of situations, both preventatively and proactively. The Handbook for Student Law for Higher Education Administrators, Third Edition is a compendium of practical knowledge and guidance, useful to all administrators dealing with the legal minefield that is higher education.
Chapter 9: Privacy Rights and Intellectual Property Issues
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PRIVACY RIGHTS AND INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY ISSUES
In a world that is changing so much and so quickly, the rules that govern it are forced to do the same. Privacy rights and intellectual property laws are no exception, and they are two issues that cannot be ignored by universities.
The fundamental student-privacy rights issue is concerned with student records. The Federal Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA) provides the guidelines concerning educational records, student and parent access to them, and the obligation of universities to protect that information. The U.S. education system has had more than 20 years to test these boundaries with recent circumstances yielding new interpretations.