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Due to myths and misinformation, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) may create challenges for education abroad professionals.

Understanding the nuances of HIPAA and FERPA will empower those in the field to make timely, informed decisions during crises without violating federal regulations and risking litigation and fines.

Education abroad offices need to have strategic policies in place to minimize campus liability without denying partners crucial information regarding student health and safety. Education abroad professionals must balance their commitment to supporting student needs with the confidentiality required of them by law.

This NAFSA e-Learning Seminar will address prevalent issues related to HIPAA and FERPA, and will provide participants with the tools and information needed to avoid regulatory missteps.


After attending this NAFSA e-Learning Seminar, participants will be able to:

  • Identify how U.S. Department of Education privacy regulations affect education abroad;
  • Develop strategies to address common challenges related to implementing HIPAA and FERPA;
  • Evaluate the best policies for supporting students, program providers, faculty, and other offices on campus while maintaining compliance with federal regulations.

The content of this NAFSA e-Learning Seminar will appeal to professionals working in campus education abroad offices; education abroad program provider organizations; and academic and student affairs.


Morgan Morris
University of South Carolina

Morgan Morris is the assistant director of health, safety, and graduate programs in the Study Abroad Office at the University of South Carolina. In this role, she focuses on risk assessment in education abroad programming, crisis management, and regulatory compliance. Prior to entering the field of international education, Morris worked in international law enforcement at the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C. As a student, she spent a summer studying in China and an academic year completing coursework and an internship in the United Kingdom.

Joe Debiec

Joe Debiec is the vice president of program operations at CISabroad, a study and intern abroad organization based in Massachusetts. At CISabroad, he oversees crisis and emergency response; student support; and overseas staff management. He leads CISabroad’s Risk Management Team and the Emergency Response Team. These teams are responsible for creating health and safety protocol, and for working through all crisis and emergency situations that arise. Recently, these teams have focused on the creation of efficient and effective communication plans that involve students, parents, on-site staff, overseas university staff, and U.S. university staff. Debiec has been working in the field of international education since graduating from Vassar College in 2002.