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Consider this hypothetical situation.

Besides carrying a fifteen-credit hour load at United States University, Jeff is a part-time student worker in USU’s admissions and records department. Whether he’s studying or working, however, Jeff is constantly thinking about Lisa, a fellow USU student with whom Jeff is hopelessly infatuated. Jeff desperately wants to get to know Lisa and takes advantage of his computer privileges in the admissions and records department to access Lisa’s education records. Not only does Jeff find out Lisa’s home address and telephone number, but also the classes in which she has earned high marks (to determine what interests they might have in common).

Are Jeff’s actions permissible under FERPA?

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