The University of Virginia wants Congress to reform federal student privacy laws that officials say restrict schools’ ability to communicate with law enforcement about sexual assault cases involving students.
Dr. Richard Shannon, executive vice president for health affairs at UVa, talked about the proposal at a meeting of a Board of Visitors committee.
According to Shannon, UVa President Teresa Sullivan is working with Congress on changes to the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act, commonly known as FERPA, which would allow universities to share more information with authorities.
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And while they’re at it, maybe they could address schools demanding passwords to social media accounts and under what conditions school personnel can search and/or seize a student’s device – both on campus and off-campus.