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Unpublished Paper
Tattoos, Tickets and Other Tawdry Behavior: How Universities Use Federal Law to Hide Their Scandals
ExpressO (2011)
  • Meg Penrose, Texas Wesleyan University
Abstract

Please find attached a copy of my recently completed article entitled Tattoos, Tickets and Other Tawdry Behavior: How Universities Use Federal Law to Hide Their Scandals. The article challenges the manner in which schools and their athletic departments invert a federal student privacy law, FERPA, to protect unseemly behavior and athletic scandals. Four case studies are presented: the University of Maryland and one athlete's accumulation of over $8,200 in parking fines; North Carolina University's athletic department scandal involving parking tickets and improper benefits (for which, just yesterday, the head football coach was fired and the Athletic Director resigned); Florida State University's academic fraud scandal; and, the recent and still developing "tattoo-gate" erupting at the Ohio State University.

The article address very timely topics regarding corruption in university athletic departments and the machinations involved to hide such corruption.

The article concludes by presenting a four-step proposal for Congress to amend FERPA and take the lid of secrecy off college athletics.

Keywords
  • FERPA,
  • Education Records,
  • NCAA,
  • University Scandals,
  • Athletics,
  • Athletes
Disciplines
Publication Date
July 29, 2011
Citation Information
Meg Penrose. "Tattoos, Tickets and Other Tawdry Behavior: How Universities Use Federal Law to Hide Their Scandals" ExpressO (2011)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/meg_penrose/2/