FERPA and E-Mail in the Cloud…I Don’t Get the Concern

In this article, and those linked from it in support, FERPA is cited as a concern for moving Faculty and Staff to cloud-based email accounts (i.e. g-mail’s “mymail” accounts).

Here’s what I don’t get. Since most potentially FERPA-violating communications happen between professors and students, haven’t they already let that horse leave the stable by moving students to g-mail? Most FERPA compliance policies allow the free sharing of FERPA-protected information to students’ official email addresses, so why not move Faculty and Staff there too?

Just wondering, since my university’s email client is a bloated pig of a program and our students get to use the sleek, g-mail account…color me jealous.


About Art

I'm the Director of Academic Advising at Quincy College. I'm hoping this can be a place to express the occasional thought that may mean something to someone. . .we'll see. I'm also a musician--I play the string bass in primarily the jazz and classical idioms (though I love many kinds of music and have played everything from folk and bluegrass to new wave and hard rock). And, as an Italian-American, I love good food and good wine. . .basically,don't be surprised by posts on any of the topics mentioned above ;)
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