University of Virginia

Permission to eat Oreos?

Just a sampling of how out of whack things can get…a story today on parents needing to sign a permission slip for their child to have an Oreo at school. 

Compare that with college parents trying to find out if what their son or daughter’s GRADES are at school! If you haven’t yet had that fun experience,  you might want to read our piece on FERPA.

As we’ve seen with HIPAA and health records, put the word “privacy” in the title and people naturally think it’s about protecting information. That’s not always the case.  FERPA-protected information is collected, used, and sold to third parties. Shouldn’t parents at least be able to get the grades as easily as the invoices?