Muy Loco Parentis: How ‘Freakouts’ Over Student Privacy Hamper Innovation By Michael Feldstein

Published in The Chronicle of Higher Education

Ferpa is inconsistently interpreted across institutions and often misunderstood to be far more restrictive than it actually is. Why is there such anxiety about it? Why does it so often provoke worry and hand-wringing above and beyond what the law justifies? And why don’t students get a say in, for example, whether making their wiki content public violates their privacy?