Information Item # 2- Submitted by Megan Kuehner, Registrar         (2012-2013/Sept)


Privacy Rights: How Faculty Can Navigate The FERPA Maze


Wednesday, September 19 ~ 1:00-2:30pm EDT Registration


Innovative Educators


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Webinar Overview

The Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA): Does it make you cringe? Do these five letters instill fear and confusion? Do you spend too much time worrying that you might say or do the wrong thing?

It is clear that faculty must have an awareness of FERPA as part of their ongoing teaching duties. However, navigating through the maze of regulations and complex situations is challenging, especially for faculty that are trying hard to balance teaching with regulatory awareness.


This webinar will help teach faculty how to seamlessly walk through FERPA using several real-world experiences to build understanding and meaning. Participants will review the complex issues of compliance, limitations, and safe and effective communication with other departments when necessary. Participants will learn about the FERPA Dependent Exemption, the FERPA Emergency Exception, and how to deal with parents in a sensitive manner. The basic definition and language of the act will also be reviewed, along with best practices for reporting.


Webinar Objectives Participants will:

  • The Foundation of FERPA: What does it say? What does it mean?
  • The FERPA Dependent Exemption: Why are 90% of students not under FERPA?
  • The FERPA Emergency Exception: What it is and what does it mean?
  • How best to report situations to the Behavioral Intervention Team (BIT), and when it might be better to report to Conduct or Counseling services
  • When and how to deal with parents in a sensitive manner

Webinar Speaker

Dr. Van Brunt has worked in the counseling field for over fifteen years. He served as Director of Counseling at New England College from 2001-2007 and currently serves as Director of Counseling and Testing at Western Kentucky University. His counseling style draws from a variety of approaches, though primarily from the humanistic/person-centered style of treatment with its emphasis on warmth, compassion, empathy, unconditional positive regard, individual choice and personal responsibility. He is a certified QPR suicide prevention trainer and trained in BASICS alcohol intervention. Brian is also a senior trainer in John Byrne's Aggression Management program.


Brian was the president of the American College Counseling Association in 2010-2011. He has presented nationally on counseling ethics, mandated counseling, and testing and assessment for the American College Counseling Association (ACCA), Association of College and University Counseling Center Directors (AUCCCD), American College Personnel Association (ACPA), Association for Student Conduct Administration (ASCA) and the National Association of Forensic Counselors (NAFC). He serves on the advisory boards for the National Behavioral Intervention Team Association (NaBITA) and School and College Organization for Prevention Educators (SCOPE). He has taught graduate classes in counseling theory, ethics, testing and assessment and program evaluation. He has taught undergraduate classes in adjustment and personal growth, deviance and counseling theory.


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