FERPA and HIPAA

FERPA and HIPAA

Many parents view their sons’ and daughters’ college years as a gradual transition from dependent childhood to independent young adulthood. However, there are a few areas where college students are considered adult under the law and parents’ rights to information are restricted. It helps to understand two federal laws: HIPAA and FERPA. Health Records The

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Supporting mental health from a distance

Supporting mental health from a distance

For most young people, going to college is the first time they’ve lived away from home. The experience is exciting, maturing and hopefully fun. It is also a big step and almost inevitably it will bring up some degree of anxiety for them. Students aren’t the only ones who might be anxious. For parents who up

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Support for your far away college student

Support for your far away college student

What do you do if your son or daughter has chosen a college hundreds or even thousands of miles from home? There are challenges, but with extra effort and advance planning you can help your student feel your support even across the miles. Staying on campus over breaks One situation your student may face is a

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Family Weekend — What to expect

Family Weekend — What to expect

It may seem as if you were just hugging your children goodbye while dropping them off at college, but Family Weekend will be here before you know it. If you’re a first-time college parent wondering what to expect, the best way I can describe Family Weekend — and this might not help unless you went

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Talking about Greek life with our students

Talking about Greek life with our students

Fraternities and sororities play a big role in student life at many American colleges and universities. Parents who’ve had their own positive experiences with Greek life often pass along enthusiastic traditions to their daughters and sons. For other parents, the Greek system is a bit of a mystery, but they may be familiar with controversies that

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Commuter students need connection

Commuter students need connection

Though first-year students come to campus with diverse backgrounds they share common hopes and dreams. They want to be successful in college, and they hope to make life-long friends. Colleges and universities structure campus life to help students achieve these goals, doing everything they can to support academic and social success. A satisfying out-of-classroom experience

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  • Great article. It reminded me to ask my high school senior about which of her preferred colleges have reached out about a regional event. We attended an event like this with our older daughter who was attending school far from home and it was very valuable.