A big ol' HT to SiC for finding this from, of all places, The Columbus Dispatch. twice. seriously, go read both of those articles before going further.
Apparently the self-righteous Buckeyes are hiding out while having their cake and eating it too. tUOS is one of the schools with the highest number of NCAA violations, most of them self-reported. BUT---the reports are limited, redacted, obscured, or otherwise non-informative because tUOS plays the FERPA card. That's right: the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act
It's a federal law crafted in 1974 that was meant to protect the privacy of student education records. The law applies to all schools that receive funds under an applicable program of the U.S. Department of Education. It's aka The Buckley Amendment. It means that students also have the right to see their own educational records and consent (or not) to have those records released to others. tUOS claims that if they release information then they will be at risk of losing all their federal funding....riiiiight.
One portion of the law however states:
"Generally, schools must have written permission from the parent or eligible student in order to release any information from a student's education record. However, FERPA allows schools to disclose those records, without consent, to the following parties or under the following conditions (34 CFR § 99.31):
- School officials with legitimate educational interest;
- Other schools to which a student is transferring;
- Specified officials for audit or evaluation purposes;
- Appropriate parties in connection with financial aid to a student;
- Organizations conducting certain studies for or on behalf of the school;
- Accrediting organizations;
- To comply with a judicial order or lawfully issued subpoena;
- Appropriate officials in cases of health and safety emergencies; and
- State and local authorities, within a juvenile justice system, pursuant to specific State law."
Hmmmm...but what about those media guides??? (now of the unprinted variety) They have height, weight, high school, GPA, major, performance records etc etc about the athletes....where's the FERPA handcuffs for those revenue generating documents???
OHHHHH>>>> wait, never mind.
So, yeah, I say that tUOS (among others) is playing the self-righteous FERPA card as their very own huge loophole to avoid doing the right thing....
And as SiC pointed out to me, if the Dispatch is going to call the Bucks out you KNOW there's something to it.....