Supreme Court Weighs Whether Students Can Sue Under Privacy Law

Justices of the U.S. Supreme Court weighed the rights of aggrieved students against the potential costs of frivolous litigation last week at a hearing about whether students can sue colleges under a federal law that protects the privacy of student records.

College officials fear that they will be hit with a flood of litigation if the court upholds a Washington State Supreme Court ruling that said such lawsuits are permissible. The 1974 Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act