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NMSU to host on-site FERPA training April 11

New Mexico State University is sponsoring a Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act training session led by the U.S. Department of Education, from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, April 11 at the Las Cruces Convention Center, Ballroom two, 680 E. University Ave.


The session will provide an overview of essential regulatory requirements that apply to NMSU and provide guidance on how to stay compliant in the digital world. It will be scenario-based and will include a question-and-answer component, allowing faculty and staff to inquire about specific situations.

There will be the FERPA 101 training session from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., the Data Security Best Practices-IT Professionals, faculty and staff session from 10:45 to 11:45 a.m. and the Data Breach Identification and Response and Best Practices for Vetting Cloud Services session from 1:45 to 3 p.m.

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 is a federal law that protects the privacy of student data and educational records, according to NMSU Chief Privacy Officer Carlos Lobato. The NMSU system is entrusted with a large amount of sensitive data from students and this data is highly regulated and protected. NMSU has an institutional responsibility to ensure proper handling of this data in order to comply with FERPA. Participation in Title IV federal financial aid programs requires the NMSU system to comprehensively protect student financial aid data and personally identifiable information from student records. It is vital to ensure NMSU’s governing body, leadership and its employees understand some of the critical requirements and the severe consequences that could result, for non-compliance.

“In a proactive approach, the NMSU administration has invited officials from the U.S. Department of Education to come on-site to provide FERPA training to NMSU employees and executive administration,” said Lobato. “The training sessions will provide an overview of essential regulatory requirements that apply to NMSU and provide guidance on how to stay compliant in the current digital world and when being cybersecurity aware is very essential.”

For NMSU faculty registration visit https://trainingcentral.nmsu.edu/Saba/Web/Main/goto/GuestOfferingDetails?offeringId=class000000000014271. For non-faculty registration visit https://privacy.nmsu.edu/ferpa-day-2/. Registration ends at 12 p.m. Monday, April 8 and seating is limited.

For general information or assistance reserving a seat at the FERPA training, contact it-talk@nmsu.edu. For specific questions about the FERPA training, contact privacy@nmsu.edu.