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    Default Slandered by College Administrator to Another Student

    My question involves defamation in the state of: Pennsylvania

    An administrator at my college slandered me and disclosed personal information about myself to another student. Is this grounds for a lawsuit? I understand that this is a FERPA violation, but is there any private action I can take?

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    Default Re: Slandered by College Administrator to Another Student

    Stomp your feet? Report it to their boss?

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    Default Re: Slandered by College Administrator to Another Student

    What kind of information and under what circumstances?

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    Default Re: Slandered by College Administrator to Another Student

    A student and I were having a private disagreement. The student went to a school official about something unrelated, and I am not 100% sure how the conversation proceeded at this point, but I was brought up, and the school official slandered me to the other student.

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    Default Re: Slandered by College Administrator to Another Student

    How did the official "slander" you?
    What information was released to the third party?

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    Default Re: Slandered by College Administrator to Another Student

    The official stated to the student that I was 'scamming him'. I'm not sure what other information was released aside from this, but the student indicated that these were not the only things stated.

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    Default Re: Slandered by College Administrator to Another Student

    If the entire basis of your lawsuit is going to be that, in response to this other person's unknown tale of woe, a university official opined that you were "scamming" the person, I would expect that you'll be spending tens of thousands of dollars to litigate for a judgment that's likely to at best be nominal. You can decide if it's worth the investment.

    As you don't want to share the full story, which is reasonable given that this forum can be read by anybody, the only way to get a meaningful analysis of the case is to consult a lawyer.

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