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ERIC Number: EJ771744
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Jun-8
Pages: 1
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0009-5982
Florida Panel Says Privacy Laws Do Not Protect Dangerous Students
Van Der Werf, Martin
Chronicle of Higher Education, v53 n40 pA25 Jun 2007
This article describes the findings of a Florida commission on campus safety that was issued in May 2007. The commission contradicted assertions by officials at Virginia Tech that they could not share information about the gunman in April's fatal shooting rampage because of privacy laws. The commission was assembled by Governor Charlie Crist in the wake of the Virginia Tech shootings. It pointed to crisis-management teams at the University of Florida and Rollins College that identify specific students who might be at risk of being a danger to themselves or others as models that all institutions in the state should follow. The Florida commission, formally known as the Gubernatorial Task Force for University Campus Safety, recommends in its report that federal agencies give "definitive interpretations" of two laws governing student records: the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996, known as Hipaa, which covers the use and disclosure of private health information, and the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, known as Ferpa, which covers privacy of student education records. The article notes the potential medical ethics ramifications involved in the release of private mental-health information. The Florida commission supports sharing information, even without a student's consent and lauds the crisis team at the University of Florida.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Florida; Virginia
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act 1974