Virtual Teaching, Privacy, and Education Records April 1, 2020

Dear Faculty Colleagues in the College, Williams School, and School of Law,

With our temporary shift to virtual instruction, we need to think carefully about several issues regarding student (and faculty) privacy, secure modes of communication, record retention, documentation, and communication of grades. I have put together what I hope is a helpful short document that describes best practices for these areas.

This is intended only as reminder and guidance, not as instituting new processes on your part. But do let me know if you have any questions about anything here.

Thanks for all you are doing. I hope finding the "new normal" goes smoothly and that our physical distancing isn't interfering with our social relationships.

All best,


Scott Dittman,
University Registrar, Secretary of the Faculty
Washington and Lee University