FERPA is not a how-to guide for hiding rape allegations from students

UO’s President Mike Gottfredson has been claiming he couldn’t alert UO students to the alleged March 9th gang rape, because of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act. It turns out he’s just the latest in a long tradition of university administrators trying to hide behind FERPA. Get a clue – a federal law that starts with “Family” is not a how-to guide on hiding gang rape allegations from your students.

The Student Press Law Center has a white paper here, and a special blog of particularly ridiculous examples, here. Expect to see our president added to the list soon.

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