November’s Monthly Brown Bag Series will feature a presentation by Kristi Wold-McCormick and Susan Dorsey from the Office of the Registrar focusing on the subject of Student Data Privacy. 

Many members of our campus community possess a basic understanding of laws such as the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA), yet the depth our responsibilities and how we work to protect our students extends beyond FERPA. In their presentation, Kristi and Susan will provide attendees a greater understanding about CU employee roles and responsibilities related to student data privacy, current initiatives related to FERPA and ethical issues around topics such as systems use and preferred name/gender identity. Case studies and group conversation will provide an environment where we can each learn more about why this topic is so important, how we focus on it at CU Boulder and the individual role we can play in ensuring our student’s privacy is secure when it comes to their data. 

During the hour session, ample time will be provided for audience Q&A. A staff member from University Counsel will be present to answer questions related to legal aspects on this topic.  Questions can also be submitted in advance by emailing Susan Dorsey at