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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