Education in a Time of COVID-19: Student Privacy Law and Coronavirus

The coronavirus (COVID-19) is the most significant public health emergency in decades. The virus, believed to have originated in Wuhan, has expanded with astonishing rapidity. Thousands of Americans have died as late as the last week of March. Given the combination of rapid growth and potential fatality, institutions handling large numbers of people in enclosed spaces must be prepared to deal with a potential case. One instance? Schools.

Schools provide health services. Nursing staff, counseling, prescription management and vaccination services are offered on campuses. These services give schools access to sensitive personal health information (PHI). PHI is protected by law. That would include a coronavirus diagnosis.

What you will learn:

  • This issue involves balancing two rights: privacy and public health.
  • Two complex laws are involved: The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) applies to most school health records.
  • The Health Information Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) applies to some school records.

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Mike Slipsky
Mike Slipsky focuses his practice on mergers and acquisitions for companies across a broad range of industries, as well as privacy and data security. Mike represents buyers and sellers in mergers, acquisitions, and divestitures. He also counsels clients on a variety of privacy and information security matters, including HIPAA compliance and data breach prevention and responses. Additionally, Mike advises clients on a broad range of corporate and securities matters, including corporate reorganizations and restructurings, commercial contracts, corporate governance, the formation and maintenance of business entities, and securities offerings. Mike earned a bachelor of science degree, cum laude, at the University of Utah in 2001, and his law degree (cum laude) at the University of North Carolina in 2004.

Saad Gul
Saad Gul's practice includes appellate and administrative litigation as well as data privacy and information security. Saad co-chairs the firm’s privacy and cybersecurity team. He also maintains an active appellate and regulatory litigation practice. After law school, Saad clerked for Chief Judge John C. Martin of the North Carolina Court of Appeals and Justice Patricia Timmons-Goodson of the North Carolina Supreme Court. He came to Poyner Spruill after working for 2 major Washington, D.C. law firms. Prior to law school, Saad was a consultant with Cambridge Technology Partners out of Cambridge, MA. In his privacy and cybersecurity practice, Saad advises clients on diverse privacy and cyber liability issues. These include regulatory compliance, risk management, cloud computing implications, and breach obligations. Saal earned a bachelor arts degree from Davidson College in 1997, and his law degree (cum laude) from Wake Forest University School of Law in 2006.


Campus Security & Life Safety, Security Today, and Spaces4Learning

Date: 04/30/20

Time: 11:00 AM PT

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