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Constitution Day features Fourth Amendment panel

by Terrie Judge - September 5, 2006

In honor of the 10th anniversary of Constitution Day, the University will host a panel discussion on the Fourth Amendment, and its application to the use of technology.

The panel discussion will take place on Monday, Sept. 18, in the Konover Auditorium of the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center, from 3:30 to 5 p.m.

There will be a reception following the discussion.

The event is free and open to the public.

"Students need to know the Constitution and how it impacts their lives, and our panel will provide some compelling presentations and lively discussions," says Veronica Makowsky, vice provost for undergraduate education and regional campus administration, who will host the panel.

"This year we are examining a particularly timely issue with regard to the Fourth Amendment: privacy in the age of electronic technology, with particular attention to the rights and problems of students."

The discussion, which will focus on privacy, rights, and electronic technology, will have three panelists:

  • Rachel Krinsky, an attorney who is a privacy officer for the Storrs and regional campuses of UConn. Krinsky also serves as an assistant compliance officer for the University, overseeing compliance with federal and state laws, especially privacy laws;
  • Kristin Kelly, associate professor of political science. Her research focuses on the relationship between privacy rights and social policy in America; and
  • Cathy Cocks, director of judicial affairs in the Dean of Students Office.

This is the second year UConn will observe Constitution Day.

The first Constitution Day was celebrated nationally on Sept. 17th, 1997, to mark the anniversary of the signing of the constitution in 1787.

By law, colleges must celebrate the day, in order to continue to receive federal funding.

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