Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Did Alando Tucker's Professor Break The Law?

I was just perusing last week's Sports Illustrated Issue and happened to read the article about University of Wisconsin basketball player Alando Tucker. It is a good story and I recommend it if you have the time. However, that is not why I am wasting your time. It was this revelation by one of Alando's professors regarding a paper Tucker wrote:
I was impressed with the amount of thought he had given to this for someone his age, and I don't mind telling you I gave him an A for the paper.

Most of you may not care but it immediately struck me that there are federal privacy laws regarding a person's academic records and this may have violated those laws. According to this site, schools generally cannot release any information from a student's record without written permission. I don't know if this applies to a professor or just the institution. I assume it is both. Any education lawyers out there care to enlighten us?

Ultimately, it probably doesn't matter because Alando probably doesn't care and getting an A isn't something to be ashamed of.

11 comments:

twins15 said...

Heh, all my teachers talk all the time about how they can't reveal grades, can't give out grades through emails, etc... that said, I wouldn't mind if a teacher let everyone know I got an A. :D

John said...

I feel 99.9% certain that SI's crack legal squad cleared it with Alando.

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