Professor's Request for Advice Allegedly Violates FERPA
STUDENT PRIVACY—U.S.January 27, 2010
West Virginia State Treasurer John Perdue and his legal counsel believe a Marshall University professor violated a federal law prohibiting faculty from releasing or discussing student grades with anyone except that student or university officials, the Charleston Gazette reports. The allegations stem from an incident where a professor sent an e-mail that included Perdue's daughter's name to the American Federation of Teachers when seeking advice on who should assign her grades for an independent study project. Perdue and his attorney believe the action violates the 1974 Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), which states that records may only be released without student consent "if all personally identifiable information has been removed."