Parties, sex and substances

Parties, sex and substances

Got your attention, didn’t I?! My goal is not to cause panic, but to share information I hope will help you have honest, empowering conversations with your students. Because the fact is, college kids will encounter substance use, partying and sexual activity. By continuing the kinds of “talks” we had while they were growing up

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Transition reality check

Transition reality check

In spite of the heart-tug that we feel as we drop our freshmen off at college, we send them with optimism and a hope that they will adjust and thrive. We also worry, but assume that as time passes we will worry less, and most of us do. However, for some parents, it becomes increasingly

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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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Campus safety checklist

Campus safety checklist

It is natural to worry about the safety of your students when they are on campus and especially if they live in the residence halls rather than commuting from home. Rest assured that colleges and universities make student safety a top priority. The campus police department works closely with the town/city police department — security

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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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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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