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General Counsel Seminars

Upcoming Seminars


Recent Seminars

FERPA 101:  What You Need to Know
Friday, Oct. 26, 2012


Ohio Ethics Law:  Can I Do That?
Friday, Aug. 2, 2013


Hiring International Faculty and Staff at Kent State University
Thursday, April 17, 2014


Copyright:  A Review of Copyright Law Basics and a Primer on the Fair Use Doctrine
Friday, May 16, 2014


Reporting Campus Crime
Friday, June 27, 2014





If your job at Kent State deals with student information, you should be familiar with the provisions of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), a federal law that protects the privacy of student education records.

The Public Records seminar presented in October, 2012 featured representatives from the General Counsel and the Registrar’s Offices who provided an overview of what faculty and staff need to know about FERPA, including:

  • The definition of an “educational record” and who can access it,

  • The type of  records that can be released with a student’s permission,

  • The type of records that can be released without a student’s permission, and

  •  How to handle requests for student information.

If you have specific questions that are not answered in the seminar video or powerpoint, contact Michael Pfahl, associate counsel, at or 330-672-2982.