For Faculty: FERPA and Student Privacy

When using Plymouth Create in the classroom, it is crucial that both students and faculty understand the policies regarding the privacy of student grades, assignments, and assessments.

While Plymouth Create can be a useful tool that creates an accessible body of student works, the rights of students must be respected. Since Plymouth Create lends itself to a public platform, accommodations may be required for students who are hesitant to make their personal information, such as their full name, open to the public.

Students should feel comfortable stating their concerns when working in Plymouth Create, and plans should already be in place if the student does not want to work publicly. For example, if a student does not wish to use their full name, a solution would be to allow them to work under a pseudonym.

It may be helpful to include a section in your course syllabus that covers privacy and accommodations when using Plymouth Create.

In addition to personal information, it is important for faculty to ensure that their online feedback does not breach the confidentiality rights of student records under FERPA. For more information on FERPA, see FERPA – Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974.