What laws protect college student confidentiality, re: mental health issues?

Question by rhetorica: What laws protect college student confidentiality, re: mental health issues?
Details: The Virginia Tech shootings brought up a sore point for me. When college teachers refer a disturbed student for counseling services, they aren’t able to learn whether or not the student is being treated. When students face judicial affairs sanctions, neither student nor teacher complainents can find out if the offending student faced any sanctions, much less is still attending school. I’m curious about the actual law, because I’m writing to my local representatives to work to change the law. Any help or pointers appreciated.

Best answer:

Answer by skcs11
it is called HIPAA. http://www.hipaa.org/

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Doctor of Laws Hood (Hampden-Sydney College or Virginia Union University)

Doctor of Laws Hood (Hampden-Sydney College or Virginia Union University)
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Description(Physical Details): Hood presented to Dr. William Sanger in concert with an honorary Doctor of Laws degree, likely from either Hampden-Sydney College in 1926 or Virginia Union University in 1956. Hood is sewn from heavy fabric. Velvet trim is purple, the traditional color associated with law degrees. The rear of the hood is largely a bright orange, with rich blue stripes through the middle and meeting in the center to make a "V" formation. Under the name of the maker are sewn in three blocks of fabric with Dr. Sanger’s initials in large, stylized block capitals, "W," "T," and "S."

Manufacturer: Collegiate Cap and Gown Company

Date of Manufacture: 1926

Rights: www.library.vcu.edu/copyright.html

Collection: Medical Artifacts Collection

Reference URL: dig.library.vcu.edu/u?/mar,163