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about the procedure on your individual campus so that you
have the information you need before emergency or
concerning situation arises.
CONFIDENTIALITY, PRIVACY AND SAFETY: FAMILY
EDUCATIONAL RIGHTS AND PRIVACY ACT (FERPA)
Campus officials are regularly asked to balance the interests
of both SAFETY and PRIVACY for individual students. The
Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act
(
FERPA
) helps to
protect privacy by requiring institutions to ask for written
consent before disclosing a student’s personally identifiable
information. However, it also allows colleges and
universities to take key steps to maintain campus safety.
FERPA is not a confidentiality law so much as it is a records
privacy law. Sensitive information should still be shared
carefully and appropriately, but it need not be withheld from
others simply because it concerns a student.
Who is the primary contact person for your
campus threat assessment team? Who
would you call if you became concerned
about a student’s behavior?