Protecting Personally Identifiable Information CoverProtecting Personally Identifiable Information: A Guide for College and University Administrators

Colleges and universities maintain a significant amount of personally identifiable information. Administrators and faculty, across each institution, play a major role in ensuring that this information is properly protected. There are challenges though in protecting this information as can be seen by the data breaches that occur at institutions. Concern over information security has gotten the attention of policymakers on both the state and federal levels, and new legal theories on liability also indicate institutions may need to worry about legal risk beyond federal and state statutes.

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Comment on April 8, 2011 Proposed FERPA Regulations

CLHE submitted a comment on the proposed FERPA rules. These new regulations may be the biggest attack on student privacy rights since FERPA was enacted.

As stated in the comment: “It “may” be sound policy to push statewide longitudinal data systems, however, this does not give the Department the authority to ignore the plain language and intent of FERPA to achieve that policy objective.

Addressing the Prior Criminal Behavior of Applicants in the Admissions Process

For admissions officers, there may not be a more controversial and important topic than whether institutions should have some type of mechanism in place to learn about the prior criminal behavior of applicants. This special report is intended to provide some useful information to institutions as they wrestle with this question.

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