Education Department Gives Colleges New Flexibility on Student-Privacy Law

New regulations may expand the thicket of student-privacy law, but the U.S. Department of Education hopes that an in-depth guide will help colleges and universities find their way.

Last week the department released new rules on the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, which governs the disclosure of student records. After announcing initial regulations in March, the department received more than 120 comments from higher-education associations, university systems, and other