• The UniServ Representative is Not a Member of the IEP Team
  • July 4, 2017 | Author: Rochelle S. Eisenberg
  • Law Firm: Pessin Katz Law, P.A. - Towson Office
  • IEP meetings are meant to be collaborative sessions between educators and parents. But sometimes things do not go well. When an educator feels bullied, overworked, or unfairly blamed, a natural instinct may be to get the UniServ representative involved. That can cause all sorts of unwanted and unnecessary problems. One such problem occurs when the educator discloses personally identifiable information about the student to the UniServ representative. That is a violation of FERPA and the employee must be reprimanded. Such a disclosure occurs when details about the IEP are disclosed along with the student’s name. Or, if the details disclosed are specific enough to allow identification of the student even without the student’s name, there is a likely violation of FERPA. The educator may have a legitimate reason to complain, but never to violate FERPA.