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Letter to AACRAO re: SEVIS and Disclosures to DHS/ICE

August 27, 2004

Mr. Jerome H. Sullivan
Executive Director
American Association of Collegiate Registrars
and Admissions Officers
One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 520
Washington, DC 20036

Dear Mr. Sullivan:

Letter to Auburn University re: National Student Clearinghouse

August 30, 2004

Dr. William Walker
Auburn University
Auburn, Alabama 36849

Complaint No.
Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act

Dear Dr. Walker:

Letter to parent re:disclosure of education records to outside legal counsel

September 7, 2004


Dear Parent:

This is in response to the complaint that you submitted to this Office on June 29, 2004. This Office administers the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), which addresses issues that relate to students' education records.

Letter to Michigan Department of Education re: Open Meetings Act

October 21, 2004

Mr. Thomas D. Watkins
Superintendent of Public Instruction
Michigan Department of Education
608 W. Allegan
Lansing, Michigan 48933

Dear Mr. Watkins:

This is to follow up on your August 31, 2004, letter to this Office regarding a statutory resolution to the conflict between the Michigan Open Meetings Act and the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), 20 U.S.C. § 1232g. This Office informed you about this conflict in a letter dated August 13, 2003.

Letter to University of North Alabama re: Disability Office Records

November 2, 2004

Mr. David Cope
Assistant Professor
Mathematics Department
University of North Alabama
Florence, AL 35632-0001

Dear Professor Cope:

Letter to University of Wisconsin-River Falls re: Student Account Identifiers

November 5, 2004

Ms. Judy George, Registrar
University of Wisconsin-River Falls
410 S. Third Street
River Falls, WI 54022

Gary S. Smith, Ph.D., Chief Information Officer
& Director of Information Technology Services
Ms. Mary-Alice Muraski, eSIS Project Director
University of Wisconsin-River Falls
410 S. Third Street, North Hall 139
River Falls, WI 54022-5001

Dear Ms. George, Ms. Muraski, and Dr. Smith:

Letter re: Disclosure of Anonymous Data Under FERPA

November 18, 2004

Mr. Matthew J. Pepper
Policy Analyst
Tennessee Department of Education
Andrew Johnson Tower, 6th Floor
710 James Robertson Parkway
Nashville, Tennessee 37243

Dear Mr. Pepper:

Letter to University of Illinois re: Use of Student ID Numbers Under FERPA

November 26, 2004

Ms. Marya Ryan
Office of Business and Financial Services
University of Illinois
214 Technology Plaza Building, MC-369
616 East Green Street
Champaign, IL 61820-5752

Dear Ms. Ryan:

This responds to your inquiry about the use of ID numbers under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), 20 U.S.C.§ 1232g. This Office administers FERPA and is responsible for investigating complaints and providing technical assistance to ensure compliance with the statute and regulations codified at 34 CFR Part 99.

Letter to University of New Mexico re: Applicability of FERPA to Health and Other State Reporting Requirements

November 29, 2004

Ms. Melanie P. Baise
Associate University Counsel
The University of New Mexico
Scholes Hall 152
Albuquerque, New Mexico 87131-0056

Dear Ms. Baise:


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