The University Record, January 31, 2000

U receives grant for security research

The National Science Foundation (NSF)-Digital Government section has awarded the University a grant of $37,000 for a project titled, “Identifying Where Technology Logging and Monitoring for Increased Security Ends and Where Violations of Personal Privacy and Student Records Begins.”

The funding will support research and the development of a white paper for colleges and universities about logging, monitoring and privacy issues. The research will seek to define the full continuum of electronic logging and monitoring activities that are possible using information technology. It will also delineate the point(s) on that continuum where violations of personal privacy and, in particular, violations of the privacy of student records are probable or certain.

Principal investigator for the project is Virginia E. Rezmierski, director of the Office of Policy Development and Education. The project’s four major partners are the U. S. Department of Education, Family Policy Compliance Office; the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers; EDUCAUSE, a national organization focusing on issues facing technical and administrative higher education personnel in the use of information technology; and the U. S. Policy Committee for the Association for Computing Machinery.