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John Wesley Lowery to speak about FERPA


John Wesley Lowery, professor of higher education at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, will speak at 8:15 a.m. Tuesday, May 22, in Baker University Center Theatre.

This event is being hosted by the Division of Student Affairs and requires all division staff to attend, but the event is also open to the public for free.

"We are excited to have Lowery join us as he is known nationally for his perspective and research on legal issues related to higher education," said Ardy Gonyer, assistant director for the Office of Community Standards and Student Responsibility. "FERPA is often misunderstood by students and staff alike and while it was put in place to protect the privacy of records, faculty and staff often don't know what exceptions there are to the law that allows them to work with parents and other constituents for the benefit of students."

Lowery obtained his B.A. in religious studies from University of Virginia, and his Ph.D. in higher education administration from Bowling Green State University. After completing his Ph.D., he became a part of the University of South Carolina's faculty and organized the Higher Education and Student Affairs program for six years. In 2008 he was hired at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

In 2009, Lowery joined the National Center for Higher Education Risk Management (NCHERM) as an affiliated consultant. NCHERM is a law and consulting firm dedicated to best strategies for campus health and safety.

Lowery's extensive involvement in a variety of professional organizations (ACPA, ASCA and NASPA has earned him many different awards. At the 2007 Association for Student Judicial Affairs Conference, he received the D. Parker Young Award for "outstanding ongoing scholarly research contributions to the fields of higher education and student judicial affairs."

At the American College Personnel Association's 2005 meeting, he received the Tracy R. Teele Memorial Award from the Commission Campus Judicial Affairs and Legal Issues for outstanding contributions to the area of judicial affairs and legal issues.