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Using Social Media without violating FERPA (EDUN41J)

Presented by: Timothy E. Gilsbach, ESQ
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60 minutes
  •  Thu, November 6, 2014
Event Description

Understand FERPA Requirements To Train Employees and Protect Your Institute From Social Media Liabilities.

Technological development, including various forms of social media not only presents unique opportunities to educational entities at the secondary and post-secondary level to engage with students in a new way, but also presents new challenges to ensuring compliance with student privacy requirements, such as those imposed by FERPA and its implementing regulations. Educational entities should ensure that the use of social media is FERPA complaint to use social media in revolutionary, new ways to educate their students. Educators are increasingly using social media outside of the educational setting and must become aware of when doing so can lead to FERPA violations and liabilities. This session will provide a review of when FERPA is or is not implicated and what this means in terms of using social media in the educational setting.

This session by expert speaker Timothy E. Gilsbach, ESQ. will look at social media and FERPA from two perspectives. Timothy will review what limits educational entities should and should not place on their employees in terms of what they say or don't say on social media to ensure that it is FERPA compliant. He will also review the benefits and possible pitfalls of a growing trend in educational entities to use social media as a teaching tool and what should be done to use this tool while limiting potential violations of FERPA. The session will include a review of what policies educational entities should have to address both concerns.

Training Objective:

  • What is FERPA?
  • When is FERPA implicated?
  • Understand what constitutes educational records under FERPA.
  • Understand the rights provided under FERPA.
  • How educational entities should implement FERPA compliance in the use of social media and avoid FERPA liability?
  • What training should be provided to staff about what they can and cannot say through social media?
  • What constitutes improper disclosure of FERPA information through social media use?
  • Understand how and when social media may matter under FERPA.
  • Instances when social media usage results in problems.
  • Examples of recent cases where social media and FERPA have collided.
  • How to handle student or parent posts on social media without resulting in FERPA violations.
  • What types of policies or procedures should educational entities have to ensure FERPA compliance in social media?
  • Guidelines on using social media as an educational tool.

Who Should Attend

  • Professionals responsible for technology in Educational Institutions
  • Student Affairs/Dean of Students
  • Academic Affairs/Academic Dean
  • Teacher or Professors who use or have considered using social media in the classroom
  • Attorneys representing school districts or colleges and universities
  • Human Resources in Educational Institutions
About Our Speaker(s)

Timothy E. Gilsbach | FERPA Educational Law  SpeakerTimothy E. Gilsbach ESQ
Timothy E. Gilsbach, is an attorney at King Spry and is member of the firm’s Education Group, concentrating his practice in the area of special education and student related issues. Tim defends school districts, intermediate units and charter schools in all phases of special education litigation, from state level adm... More info

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