Safiya Nanji reports:
Tufts students living off-campus must provide their local addresses to the university on Student Information Services (SIS) in compliance with a City of Somerville ordinance that went into effect on Sept. 1.
The Ordinance Regulating University Accountability, passed by the Somerville Board of Aldermen in January, requires Tufts to report various details about students — including students’ status, expected graduation date and their local address — to the city, Director of Community Relations Barbara Rubel wrote via Director of Public Relations Kim Thurler. No students will be identified in the information reported to the city from the university.
According to Rubel, the limited information provided by the school to city code enforcers means that students cannot invoke the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), through which individuals can claim certain privacy rights about their education records.
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