• U.S. Supreme Court Limits Liability Under FERPA
  • August 19, 2003
  • Law Firm: Seyfarth Shaw LLP - Chicago Office
  • In a 7-2 decision on Thursday June 20, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a decision clarifying the limits of a school's liability under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 ("FERPA"). The case, Gonzaga University v. Doe, was brought by a student of Gonzaga University who was denied a teaching certificate when a school administrator informed the state certification agency that the student had engaged in acts of sexual misconduct. The student claimed that this disclosure, without his consent, violated state law and FERPA, and sued the University under Washington tort and contract law, as well as under 42 U.S.C. ยง 1983 for deprivation of rights protected by FERPA.