When FERPA and Social Media Collide: Ways to Avoid Potential Liability (EDU461S)

Presented By: Timothy E. Gilsbach , ESQ
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Event Details
  • Pre-recorded Webinar
  • 90 minutes
  • Wed, April 13, 2016
Event Description

Procedures and Policies for Educational Entities to Ensure FERPA Compliance in Social Media

Technological developments, including various forms of social media, present unique opportunities at the secondary and post-secondary level to educational entities so that they can engage with the students in a unique and better way. However, these also present new challenges so that compliance is achieved with student privacy requirements - like those imposed by Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and its implementing regulations. While educational entities should be careful to ensure they are in par with FERPA compliance in social media, fear should not prevent them from using these new tools under appropriate circumstances. Lastly, educators are using social media outside of the educational setting and need to be aware of when doing so can run afoul of FERPA.

This FERPA and Social media webinar by expert speaker Timothy E. Gilsbach will provide a review of when FERPA is or is not implicated, what this means in terms of using social media in the educational setting, and what school entities should do to address these concerns. In addition, this presentation will touch on other areas of concern with social media in the school setting, including bullying.

This session will look at FERPA compliance in social media from two perspectives. First, you 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 FERPA is not violated by what employees are saying in the digital world. Second, you will know the benefits and possible pitfalls of a growing trend when it comes to educational entities using social media as a teaching tool. You will know what needs to be done to use this tool while not violating FERPA regulations. The session will also include a review of what policies educational entities should have to address both concerns and procedures to avoid potential liability.

Session Highlights:

  • What is FERPA?
  • When is FERPA implicated?
  • How can social media be used in the education setting without running afoul of FERPA's requirements?
  • What should not be done on social media to avoid FERPA liability?
  • Use of social media on the rise: an overview
  • FERPA and IDEA issues
  • Improper disclosure of FERPA information by employees
  • What training should be provided to staff about what they can and cannot say through social media?
  • Examples of recent cases where social media and FERPA have collided.
  • What kinds of procedures and policies are needed by educational entities to ensure FERPA compliance in social media?
  • What do parents/students post?
  • What measures should be taken by educational institutes to achieve FERPA compliance in social media?
  • How to use social media as an educational tool?
  • Professionalism and litigation hold issues in FERPA
  • What other issues can social media raise in the educational setting?

Who Should Attend

  • Director of Technology
  • Director of Student Affairs/Dean of Students
  • Director of 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
  • Directors of Human Resources

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About Our Speaker(s)

Timothy 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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