Virginia Tech: Faculty Talking about Students to the Press?

I was surprised and concerned about a faculty member at Virginia Tech who was talking so extensively to the press about the perpetrator of those shootings, a student.  I queried a faculty mailing list here on campus, and the answer from people in authority here at Berkeley:

The VT instructor’s comments about her observations would not raise FERPA issues (it only applies to educational records). Further, FERPA privacy rights cease with death.

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