ERIC Number: EJ746604
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Notifying Parents Following a College Student Suicide Attempt: A Review of Case Law and FERPA, and Recommendations for Practice
Baker, Thomas R.
NASPA Journal, v42 n4 p513-533 2005
Decisions by university officials not to notify a student's parents following a suicide attempt on campus have been severely criticized by some observers. Although courts have not imposed a parental notice requirement, the practice is advantageous to students in many situations. The author recommends a system of notification that relies primarily upon nonmedical student affairs officers to collect reports and communicate with parents following a campus suicide attempt. In determining what information to communicate to parents, student affairs officers are advised to keep in mind the legal implications of the disclosure, including the possibility of a subsequent episode of self-destructive behavior.
Descriptors: Courts, Suicide, Parents, College Students, Student Personnel Workers, Prevention, State Legislation, Public Policy
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
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Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act 1974