Avoiding FERPA Liability When Using Social Media (EDU188L)

Presented By: Timothy E. Gilsbach , ESQ
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Learn How FERPA Impacts Social Media Use

It is important for school entities, colleges, and universities to understand the issues that can arise with the use of social media under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and what should be done in order to limit potential FERPA violations in this medium.

In this session, education attorney Timothy E. Gilsbach will provide an overview of FERPA requirements and how the use of social media by school entities, colleges, universities and their employees is impacted by the obligations under FERPA. This session will also provide an overview of the law in the area of FERPA and social media in order for school entities and their employees to avoid potential liability under FERPA.

Timothy will discuss what information is protected under FERPA and what obligations educational entities and their employees have with respect to information that is protected by FERPA. In addition, he will review what must be done to comply with these legal requirements in the use of social media. You will be able to identify what you can and cannot do on social media while complying with FERPA.

Session Highlights

  • Understand what FERPA is and when it is implicated
  • Understand what constitutes educational records under FERPA
  • Understand the rights provided under FERPA and why this matters
  • Learn how educational entities should implement FERPA compliance in the use of social media to avoid FERPA liability
  • Learn what training should be provided to staff about what they can and cannot say through social media
  • Understand what constitutes improper disclosure of FERPA information through social media use
  • Understand how and when social media may matter under FERPA
  • Explore instances when social media usage results in problems
  • Get examples of recent cases where social media and FERPA have collided
  • Learn how to handle student or parent posts on social media without resulting in FERPA violations
  • Learn what types of policies or procedures should educational entities have to ensure FERPA compliance in social media
  • Get guidelines on using social media as an educational tool
  • Litigation and how social media fits into it

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