Update on FERPA and the 2020 Census for college/university student housing administrators
On March 16, 2020, the Census Bureau and SPPO posted an update on FERPA and the 2020 Census for college and university student housing administrators. (This document can be found on the SSPO website and on the Census Bureau website.) With so many colleges and universities taking steps to stop the spread of COVID-19, the Census Bureau realizes that many students are not currently living on campus but, instead, have returned to their parents’ homes. Also, two of the methods IHEs may select require greater physical interactions than others. As a result, the Bureau is asking IHEs that originally chose either the in-person or drop-off/pick-up methods to change to either the e-response or Group Quarters Enumeration methods instead. About 44 percent of IHEs have selected either the in-person or the drop-off/pick-up methods. Off-campus students may provide electronic responses online at my2020census.gov.