Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Rules to die for

From the Boston Globe, Rules to die for:
In the spring of 2001, Wellesley College freshman Molly Thompson attempted suicide for the first time. Neither she nor the college informed her parents in Rhode Island, nor did they say that Molly had spent the Mother's Day weekend in a psychiatric ward...What stands between the parent and the child's well-being are two vast thickets of legal undergrowth: FERPA (the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act) and the better-known HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act).

A sobering read for those of us with college age, or approaching college age, kids.

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