1. Challenging Student Records Issues in Higher Education: Beyond the Basics

Challenging Student Records Issues in Higher Education: Beyond the Basics

Challenging Student Records Issues in Higher Education: Beyond the Basics
Event ID: 18698
Session ID: 15858

Duration: 90 minutes including question and answer session.
Presenter: Richard Verstegen, partner, Boardman & Clark LLP, Madison, Wisconsin
Price: $299.00 On-Demand includes full audio presentation, question and answer session, and presentation slides.
Who Should Attend? Higher education administrators, deans, and faculty; higher education legal counsel
Best For: Higher Education

College and university administrators frequently encounter the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA). This federal statute governs disclosure of education records and personally identifiable information. Although colleges and university administrators often understand that they must comply with FERPA and know its basic requirements, they often have questions on how to address this law in certain challenging situations, including disclosures of information in health or safety emergencies, disclosure of records pertaining to multiple students, FERPA’s interaction with Title IX, and a student’s right to seek amendment of such records. Mishandling of such issues may lead to complaints to the Department of Education, and such violations of FERPA can lead to federal funding being withheld from a higher education institution.

Please join Richard Verstegen, attorney at law, as he takes you step-by-step through the underlying case law and offers administrators practical step-by-step guidance for navigating this sensitive area of the law.


Just a sampling of what this webinar will cover:

  • Review what documents are defined as “education records,” and review exceptions to this definition
  • Consider the various circumstances in which you can disclose records with or without consent of the student
  • Understand the specific ability to disclose records under health or safety emergencies and the recordkeeping obligations for such disclosure
  • Discuss various challenges often faced by higher education administrators, including situations involving FERPA and Title IX, disclosure of records involving multiple students, FERPA and technology issues, and issues related to amendment of education records


Your conference leader for “Challenging Student Records Issues in Higher Education: Beyond the Basics” is Richard F. Verstegen, attorney, Boardman & Clark, LLP, Madison Wisconsin. Rick is an experienced member of the School Law Practice Group and the Labor and Employment Group at the firm. He represents educational institutions (including public school districts and technical colleges) in a variety of education law matters. He counsels school clients in labor and employment, student rights, student discipline, meetings and records, special education, Title IX, privacy and technology issues, student safety, policy, governance, and many other issues. Rick regularly provides training on these issues, conducts compliance reviews, attends board meetings, drafts and negotiates contracts, prepares opinions, analyzes legislation and school board policies, and provides other legal services. Rick has also published many articles on education and employment law related topics. In addition, he has participated in seminars and presentations dealing with education, labor, and employment related topics. He is a member of the State Bar of Wisconsin and is the former president of the Wisconsin School Attorneys Association, and is admitted to practice before the Wisconsin Supreme Court and the United States District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin. He earned his JD degree from the University of Wisconsin Law School.

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