Proposed Federal Rules Expand Disclosure of Student Information
April 15, 2008--T he U.S. Department of Education (DOE) has published
regulations enforcing the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act
which governs disclosures from students' records by educational
The proposed rules were published in the Federal Register on March 24
available at http://www.bazelon.org/pdf/ED-2008-OPEPD-0002.pdf . They
the disclosure of information to parents and others and set a new
DOE's review of disclosures.
DOE has acted responsibly in the past to safeguard student privacy.
proposed regulation may herald a new hands-off approach that will
enforcement, erode privacy, and place at risk the confidentiality of
mental health information.
The rules allow for a public comment period (ending at 5 p.m. on May
The Bazelon Center will post its comments online in advance for use as
For details and instructions for commenting, visit:
For more information:
* the Bazelon Center's campus mental health policy guide,
Supporting Students: A Model Policy for Colleges and Universities:
* the October 2007 Department of Education guide entitled,
Privacy and School Safety: A Guide to the Family Educational Rights
Privacy Act for Colleges and Universities,"