FERPA: When to Involve Legal Counsel and Leadership Webcast Recording



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In working to meet the FERPA obligations of your campus, you’ll inevitably interact with board members, legal counsel, or other administrative leaders. Sometimes these leaders will call on you to release information or offer advice related to FERPA, and sometimes you must call on them in order to make a tough decision on FERPA. But managing these requests, and knowing when to ask for help, proves especially difficult when the stakes are high.

Join us for this webcast to learn how to effectively manage FERPA requests from leaders while knowing when to ask legal counsel for assistance. You will leave with examples of FERPA situations you can resolve on your own and examples of situations in which you should always ask for help.

Your purchase of this program includes access to the live webcast, as well as access to a website that houses a recording of the live webcast and other FERPA resources. You will be able to access the recordings and resources on the site through December 31, 2013 regardless of purchase date, so register now for this bundle! The sooner you register, the longer your access period will be. Beginning October 16, 2013, we will no longer offer access to the site and will offer recordings of the live sessions on CD only.

Who Should Attend

This session is intended for the registrar and anyone else who helps to lead the FERPA decision making on campus.

Accelerate Your Expertise with Case-Based Learning

Academic Impressions’ FERPA training is based on the principle that expertise is rooted in experience.  In this webcast, you will be invited by our instructor to solve authentic job tasks or problems related to FERPA in a no-risk environment, and our instructor will carefully guide you to learn the associated concepts and procedures of FERPA experts.

Free with Your Webcast Registration

When you purchase this digital recording, you will receive complimentary access to our Self-Paced FERPA Training Lessons (a $295 value). These online sessions (15-30 minutes each) will cover the nuances of FERPA as it pertains to six specific departments or campus areas. Click here to learn more about the FERPA Lessons.

Learning Outcome

After participating in this webcast, you will be able to make better decisions on when to involve leadership and legal counsel in complex FERPA situations.


How do you uphold student privacy while still satisfying campus board members, donors, and regents?

  • Negotiating privacy and diplomacy
  • Common requests and how to respond

When do you involve your campus leadership?  

  • Becoming the FERPA advisor to your leaders
  • Understanding when to seek vs. give advice
  • Working with your leaders on campus crisis and release guidelines

When should you involve legal counsel?

  • Samples of complex issues that arise that require counsel
  • When to rely on your knowledge and expertise


Helen B. Garrett, Dean of Enrollment Management Systems, Lane Community College

Known to many as the "FERPA Princess," Ms. Garrett is a popular speaker at industry conferences on the topic of FERPA and she has recently served as the president of PACRAO (Pacific Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers). Her professional career began at the University of Southern California as an admissions counselor. She also worked for Whittier College, moving up through assistant and associate directors of admissions and director of recruitment positions. In 1996 she became associate director of admissions at the University of Oregon and took a position at Lane Community College in 2000 as director of enrollment services. This position turned into the associate dean of student affairs, enrollment, and student financial services in 2008. Garrett served as the executive dean of student affairs at Lane Community College from 2010-2012 and recently returned to her enrollment services roots for her current position.


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