[teknoids] clinic student/faculty communications and confidential info.

Hirsh, Kenneth (hirshkh) hirshkh at ucmail.uc.edu
Fri Nov 17 14:45:50 EST 2017

Hi Courtney,
A few thoughts:

  1.  Can you work with campus IT and the university counsel's office to examine the Google contract and determine whether they have any obligations to comply with clinic confidentiality requirements?
  2.  Clinic users, both students and faculty, could take the extra step of using an encryption product, such as Virtru<https://www.virtru.com/>.
  3.  Beyond the risk of interception during transmission or hacking of the Gmail message storage, students and faculty could be cautioned about the risk of loss at their device, such as when a notebook, tablet or phone is lost or stolen. The clinic could adopt a policy of requiring all to encrypt those devices, which is good practice anyway. Of course, encryption is not the be all and end all, but students, like attorneys, are required to take "reasonable efforts" to protect confidential client information, not superhuman effort.

ken.hirsh at uc.edu<mailto:ken.hirsh at uc.edu>
(513) 556-0159

From: Teknoids [mailto:teknoids-bounces at lists.teknoids.net] On Behalf Of Courtney L. Selby
Sent: Friday, November 17, 2017 2:37 PM
To: Teknoids <teknoids at lists.teknoids.net>
Subject: [teknoids] clinic student/faculty communications and confidential info.

Our students retain their Hofstra email accounts, and access to the messages sent and received during law school, indefinitely following graduation.  These student accounts are hosted by Google. Because clinic students communicate with the faculty regarding confidential matters related to clinic cases, we have some concerns about using student email accounts for clinic matters.  We have requested that our clinic students receive university employee accounts to be used only for communications for the clinic.  Unfortunately, under university policy we can't assign our clinical students employee email accounts (though we are still attempting to negotiate an exception).

Have any of you explored conducting faculty/student communications about clinical matters without the use of university student email?  We use Time Matters in the clinic, but I am not sure that the platform provides for one-on-one discussion between a faculty member and a student in a way that could satisfactorily replace email.

Thoughts?  Solutions?
Happy Friday!
Courtney Selby, JD, MLIS | Associate Dean for Information Services, Director of the Law Library and Professor of Law | Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University Law Library
122 Hofstra University | Hempstead, NY 11549 | 516-463-5901 | lawcls at hofstra.edu<mailto:lawcls at hofstra.edu>

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