University students have less privacy for their campus health records than they would have if they sought care off campus. Schools say they are trying to seek the right balance between privacy and safety
When University of Oregon senior Laura Hanson was sexually assaulted by a fellow student a couple of days after New Year’s 2013, she said she felt violated and later shunned by her friends and sorority sisters.
The university’s drawn-out investigation of the incident—which substantiated her allegation—only added to her trauma.
Hanson’s ordeal wasn’t over. Last year, as she pressed forward with a claim against the university, Hanson learned that the school’s attorneys had obtained her confidential counseling records — her most intimate thoughts about what happened — without her permission.