e-Learning Seminar
Student Members

The government is closely analyzing the data you provide, paying attention to your international students and faculty, and planning visits. When federal agents come calling, is your campus equipped to handle requests for information in a way that meets your legal obligations to the government and your students and scholars while also protecting your institution? Do you know which information is and is not protected by FERPA?

In this webinar, leading attorneys Steven McDonald and David Ware help you understand FERPA and the key exceptions most relevant to higher education, with a special focus on SEVIS. They also discuss the USA PATRIOT Act's impact on FERPA and whether or not ICE is really "exempt" from FERPA. They share from their experience working with campuses to develop best practices and procedures for managing requests for information and maintaining student records.

Learning Outcomes

  • Understand FERPA origins, structure, and rationale.
  • Learn about the exceptions to FERPA most relevant to higher education and international students.
  • Develop best practices and procedures for managing requests for information and maintaining student records on your campus.


Steven J. McDonaldSteven J. McDonald
General Counsel
Rhode Island School of Design

Steven J. McDonald is General Counsel at Rhode Island School of Design and previously served as Associate Legal Counsel at The Ohio State University. He is the editor of The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act: A Legal Compendium; the author of articles on FERPA for the Chronicle of Higher Education, Inside Higher Education, and other publications; and a frequent speaker on FERPA. He also is a Fellow and past member of the Board of Directors of the National Association of College and University Attorneys. In State, ex rel. Thomas v. The Ohio State University, the Ohio Supreme Court ruled that he really is a lawyer. He received his A.B. from Duke University and his J.D. from The Yale Law School.

David WareDavid Ware
Founding Partner

David Ware has over 30 years of experience representing universities and their students, faculty, and staff, as well as companies and individuals. His firm is one of only a handful in the nation with a consistent focus on academia, while also handling business, family, removal, asylum, and nationality cases. He has for many years been selected to the Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers, and has been selected as one of the Best Lawyers in America since 2000.

Mr. Ware is a recognized leader among immigration attorneys in practice areas of interest to universities, and he currently serves as a mentor in these areas for other immigration attorneys through AILA. He has been active in NAFSA since 1985. In addition to holding several AILA and NAFSA leadership positions, he has received numerous awards for outstanding service to NAFSA. His firm is one of only three NAFSA Global Immigration Law Firm Advocates. He regularly serves as an expert speaker and author for both AILA and NAFSA national and regional conferences, and at the meetings of other academically-oriented organizations such as NACE and CUPA.

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NAFSA International Education Professional Competencies 2.0 outline the abilities, skills, and foundational knowledge necessary for successful international educators. Learn more about NAFSA Competencies 2.0.

This learning content targets the competency category of Compliance Management.