Kathryn Becker-Blease, Assistant Professor of Psychology at Oregon State University writes in a letter to the editor:
The article When Students Become Patients, Privacy Suffers (The Chronicle, October 22) led Christina Cauterucci to conclude in Slate that “viewing medical records for medical reasons could help a university protect a student at risk of harm. But the University of Oregon’s meddling into Hanson’s private account of her rape would have only helped the university protect itself.”
The fact that releasing medical records to parents could help is insufficient justification for betraying the students’ trust. Even if the parents do help, students will be less likely to seek help in the future if they know that their records are not confidential.
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