When to Alert Parents of Self-Harming Students: Share Concerns When It’s In the Student’s Best Interest

January 2017 | 0 Comments  Average 5 out of 5

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Each year more college students are coming to campus with or developing mental health issues. When students suffer from significant mental health issues that impact their education or general welfare, college administrators may be reluctant to discuss those issues--and the student's needs--with parents due to the privacy protections afforded students and their records under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), a federal privacy law. This publication explains when disclosure of these health issues, and similar situations, is allowed under exceptions to FERPA, as well as how administrators should document those communications to parents. In addition, this publication explains additional risk management steps institutions can take to ensure students receive timely care and treatment for mental health and related issues.


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