In Defense of Student Privacy
Southcoast Today (reprinted in Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly, May 30, 2013)
2 Pages Posted: 6 Jun 2013
Date Written: May 23, 2013
In the wake of a student arrest at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth in the Boston Marathon bombing investigation, media sought access to student educational and financial aid records. Eliciting outrage in the media, the university refused access, citing the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA). Privacy is an American value sometimes rushed to sacrifice on the altar of accountability. But the history of FERPA reveals a carefully drawn balance of politics and policy between the worthy values of access and privacy.
Keywords: access, privacy, FERPA, student privacy, educational records, financial aid records, Boston Marathon bombing, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth
JEL Classification: K19, K23, K40, H52, I22, I28
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