What is the confidentiality indicator?

Posted: August 8, 2013 at 9:24 am

FERPA allows students to elect an even higher level of privacy for their education records.  You will see the designation “confidential” on class rosters for such students.  This status in no way precludes you from contacting the student regarding class business.  It does, however, mean that sending a group e-mail to your class in a system that lists the e-mails of all recipients would result in a violation of their privacy rights.  For these students, you will need to send individual messages or a blind copy.  If your course requires that students communicate with each other via e-mail. you must include this information prominently in the syllabus.  Students with a confidentiality indicator may choose not to take the course.

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