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1 USA Patriot Act Presented by: Kisha Thompson

2 Objectives potential threats potential vulnerabilities potential legal exposure To determine how the USA Patriot Act affects to the university in respect to:

3 What is the USA Patriot Act? “ An act to deter and punish terrorist acts in the United States and around the world, to enhance law enforcement investigatory tools, and for other purposes.” - 107th CONGRESS 1st Session H. R IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES October 24, 2001

4 USA Patriot Act & Academia Expansion of biological weapons statute (Sec. 817) Enhanced surveillance procedures (Title II) Disclosure of educational records (Sec. 507)

5 Section 817 Impacts college and university research. The Patriot act addresses the criminal possession of biological weapons not justified by legitimate research or non-threatening purpose. Additionally, it prohibits possession by “restricted persons” as outline by the Act.

6 Title II Contains various provisions providing for additional law-enforcement surveillance authority with regard to the Internet and electronic communications.

7 Section 507 Modifies the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and authorizes federal officials to obtain a court order for release of student records by educational institutions to aid in investigations of terrorist activity.

8 Potential Threats & Vulnerabilities Unauthorized/restricted personnel handling biological agents Individuals/groups using the universities public electronic communication mediums for terrorism type activity Specific groups feeling singled out, difficult to gain exposure to immigrant or foreign-born scholars (an impact on research) Having to defend the free speech of university faculty

9 USA Patriot Act II? Presently, there may be a Patriot Act II in the making that would create even more restrictions. Some argue that the Patriot Act is a breach of 4 th Amendment rights and privacy issues as related to educational records.

10 References /BT/COGR_Patriot_Act_impact_on_research. doc /BT/COGR_Patriot_Act_impact_on_research. doc ism/ _hr3162_usa_patriot_bill.html ism/ _hr3162_usa_patriot_bill.html

11 Questions?


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