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FERPA & Social Media: Ethics, Legalities and More (EDU451C)

Presented by: Timothy E. Gilsbach, ESQ
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  •  Tue, April 21, 2015
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Understand FERPA Requirements To Train Employees and Protect Your Institute From Social Media Liabilities.

Technological development, including various forms of social media, presents unique opportunities to educational entities at the secondary and post-secondary level to engage with students in a new way. It also presents new challenges to ensure compliance with student privacy requirements, such as those imposed by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA) and its implementing regulations.

However, educational entities must ensure that the use of social media is FERPA complaint to use social media in revolutionary, new ways to educate their students. Educators, who are increasingly using social media outside of the educational setting, must become aware of FERPA violations and liabilities.

This session by industry veteran Timothy E. Gilsbach, ESQ. will review when FERPA is or is not implicated and what it means in terms of using social media in the educational setting. This session will look at social media and FERPA from different 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?
  • What constitutes educational records under FERPA?
  • 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?
  • 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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    Event Title: FERPA & Social Media: Ethics, Legalities and More
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