Student Data Privacy in Higher Education: Law, Policy, and Legally-Defensible Practices

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Download (DL)     $349.00 includes recorded presentation, slides, and Q&A
Duration: 90 minutes including question and answer session.
Presenter(s): Erin D. Gilsbach, Esq., director of professional education and policy development, King Spry Herman Freund & Faul
Price: $349.00, DL includes full audio presentation, question and answer session, and presentation slides.
Who Should Attend? Administrators, special education directors, technology supervisors, legal counsel, faculty, medical staff, student services
Best For: Higher Education

With large-scale data institutional data breaches and allegations of individual privacy violations making headlines on a near-daily basis, student data privacy is one of the most important issues facing schools today. Ever-increasing electronic storage and dissemination of student information, and the increasing use of third-party technology providers that handle sensitive and legally-protected student records make it imperative that all administrators, faculty, and staff members have a working knowledge of student data privacy rights and schools’ obligations to protect them.

Please join Erin D. Gilsbach, an experienced school law attorney, as she uses current and recent events to highlight some of the most important issues regarding student data privacy. She will provide a practical discussion of the law, and she will examine common issues and pitfalls that could result in legal liability. She will also provide an in-depth discussion of important policy and procedural considerations, pointing out problematic but all-too-common errors that schools make, identifying areas where simple policy and/or procedural considerations can make a dramatic difference in legal-defensibility, and discussing proactive steps that schools can take – in both the short and the long term – to become more legally-compliant and better protect student privacy.


Just a sampling of what this webinar will cover:

  • FERPA and other student records privacy laws
  • Post-secondary institution data privacy risks higher and costlier than other institutions
  • Data breach legal requirements and institutional policy-based responses
  • Hacking, ransomware, malware, and other technology-based data security risks
  • On-campus health clinics and student records privacy
  • Health/safety/welfare exception parameters and legal requirements
  • Dissemination of student information among faculty/staff
  • Responding to requests for student data by immigration officials
  • Technology 3rd-party providers and student data obligations
  • Real-life lessons learned by post-secondary institutions across the nation
  • Policy and procedural best-practice tips


Your conference leader for “Student Data Privacy in Higher Education: Law, Policy, and Legally-Defensible Practices” is Erin Gilsbach. An experienced speaker at the state and national levels on issues regarding education and education law, Erin Gilsbach is the director of professional and policy development, an attorney with the PA-based law firm of King Spry Herman Freund & Faul and a founding member of the Greyfriars Institute, a nonprofit affiliate entity dedicated to providing quality professional education in the area of school law to educators and school leaders. She provides legal representation and/or professional development to over 150 Pennsylvania schools. In her practice, Ms. Gilsbach emphasizes a proactive approach to legal defensibility for schools by helping them to create procedures, administrative regulations and board policies that are developed not only upon consideration of statutory and regulatory requirements but also the best practices and common pitfalls found within the facts of applicable caselaw.

Voted a “Rising Star Attorney” by her peers in Superlawyers and Philadelphia magazines for the past three years, Ms. Gilsbach serves as president-elect of the PA School Boards Solicitors Association. She is a frequent presenter with the National Business Institute, the Education Law Association, the National School Boards Association, the Pennsylvania Bar Institute, and at numerous conferences held at universities throughout the state. She began her career as a public high school English teacher. Prior to joining King Spry and the Greyfriars Institute, she served for over two years at the Pennsylvania Department of Education's Office of Chief Counsel. QUALITY COMMITMENT

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