The Catholic University of America

Responsibilities of Assistant Director of Networks and Security


Federal Laws

Family Educational Rights to Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA)

Summary of the Law:
Regulates the keeping and dissemination of student records at all institutions that receive federal funds or who have students receiving federal funds. Procedures must be in place to allow a student access to student records. Consent must be obtained to release student records to a third party, with certain exceptions contained in the law.

Required Action:
The Manager of Networks and Security assists staff in encrypting electronic transfers of data, and also oversees requests for listsserv distribution to students. The Manager of Networks and Security is consulted on contracts outsourcing functions that involve contractor access to education records.