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Faculty Members Notified to Keep Hush about Gunman and Victims

by Omar Maglalang
News Staff Writer
April 18, 2007

Faculty and staff at Virginia Tech received an e-mail early Wednesday from the Office of the University Registrar stating that they be wary of divulging information to the press regarding the gunman and victims of the shooting incidents Monday.

“We have just received information from the Attorney General,” noted the statement. “Please remember that FERPA rights survive death...Please be aware of confidentiality of the students involved.”

According to the U.S. Department of Education website, the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act is a Federal law that protects the privacy of student education records.

Parents have certain rights to inspect the records of their children, but those rights transfer solely to the students when they turn the age of 18.

Schools can only disclose, without consent, “directory” information such as a student’s name, address, telephone number, honors and awards, and dates of attendance.

“Only directory information may be shared and only if that student did not mark their record confidential,” noted the statement.

This e-mail came as a response to complaints about the type of information being shared to the media with regards to senior english major Cho Seung-Hui’s terrorizing rampage of Norris Hall and West Ambler Johnston Monday.

Lucinda Roy, a co-director at the creative program at Virginia Tech, told media Tuesday that she had notified authorities about Cho and asked him to go to counseling.

Nikki Giovanni, university distinguished professor in English, told authorities that she was prepared to offer her resignation papers in response to Cho’s aggressive demeanor in his English papers.

Fifteen faculty members in several college departments rejected reporters from Planet Blacksburg when asked about the e-mail.

“Are you the press?” they said. “No comment.”

Comments (6)

Its called 'Omerta.' Don't say nuthin. Keep your mouth shut. Assist in the coverup.

As a student of these rage killings, you can also expect to see one or two 'suicides' of survivors within a year. Or will they be messages to the surviors about the dangers of being public about eyewitness accounts that don't support the official version of events.

starviego | April 18, 2007 7:47 PM

coverup? so it is true that the government has their sick hands all in this too?

killuminati | April 18, 2007 10:08 PM

Yup. This one's another gub'mint black op for sure. Watch for the political fallout; that's the acid test.

starviego | April 18, 2007 11:17 PM

I agree, it's wrong that people are trying to cash in on this by handing over his school work. For example, the one guy who works for AOL who handed over Chos's play. This just reeks of opportunism.

John | April 19, 2007 9:56 AM

And that FERPA Act that kept students from knowing about this killer, will keep students from knowing about the next one.

Elaine | April 19, 2007 5:31 PM

anyone familiar with Project MK ULTRA?

killuminati | April 20, 2007 5:54 PM