FERPA Fact, massive head injury edition: College claims athlete concussions stats are confidential

Although comparable colleges released the information without hesitation, East Tennessee State University claims that the number of athletes treated for concussions is a FERPA-protected secret. When the Johnson City Press asked for the number of times football players suffered concussions during practices and games, an ETSU lawyer responded, “The information requested falls into the education record… Continue reading FERPA Fact, massive head injury edition: College claims athlete concussions stats are confidential

What would you report on if you could report on anything?

By Hillary Aerts DeVoss Let me preface this entry by saying this much: My students have never been punished for anything they’ve produced, nor have they been given a list of topics that they can’t cover. That’s what made this exercise so interesting. When I posted the results on Facebook, which I hadn’t originally intended… Continue reading What would you report on if you could report on anything?

Nothing “private” about this high-profile walkout by Minnesota athletes

The University of Minnesota Golden Gophers came within hours of becoming the first football team ever to boycott a postseason bowl game in protest of the disciplinary suspensions of 10 teammates. Players criticized the university’s lack of transparency and communication – “under the cover of student privacy,” as a team spokesman put it – in… Continue reading Nothing “private” about this high-profile walkout by Minnesota athletes

October 2016 Podcast: Meet the OG in the fight for student press freedom

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Frank LoMonte:Hi, everybody, and welcome to another edition of the Student Press Law Center's monthly podcast. On the SPLC podcast we run down news and ideas about the law governing the rights of student journalists in high schools and colleges. The Student Press Law Center is an advocate for student First Amendment rights. We're online… Continue reading October 2016 Podcast: Meet the OG in the fight for student press freedom

October 2016 Podcast: Meet the OG in the fight for student press freedom

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https://splc.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/1380_splcpodcastoctober2016o.mp3 Frank LoMonte: Hi, everybody, and welcome to another edition of the Student Press Law Center's monthly podcast. On the SPLC podcast we run down news and ideas about the law governing the rights of student journalists in high schools and colleges. The Student Press Law Center is an advocate for student First Amendment rights.… Continue reading October 2016 Podcast: Meet the OG in the fight for student press freedom

How bullies get punished isn’t the public’s business: School districts pretty much everywhere

A viral social-media image shows how bullies in a Nebraska high school crammed a 16-year-old hearing-impaired classmate’s books into the toilet, a despicable act that provoked an outpouring of crowd-funded financial support to replace the teen’s damaged property. The Omaha Public School District confirms that multiple students were punished for the attack – but won’t… Continue reading How bullies get punished isn’t the public’s business: School districts pretty much everywhere

What/where/when of sexual assaults is a FERPA secret, Illinois college claims

Naperville’s North Central College, located in an affluent suburb just west of Chicago, acknowledges receiving reports of 10 sexual assaults over the most recent available three-year period. But that’s all they’ll acknowledge.The circumstances of each case – even the locations, dates and times – are a closely guarded secret because, Dean of Student Kimberly Sluis… Continue reading What/where/when of sexual assaults is a FERPA secret, Illinois college claims