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  •  Understood (8+ / 0-)

    But Colorado is also a "duty to warn" state, which in general means that health professionals are required to report various items - i.e., suspected child abuse, danger to self of others, etc.  In the quick research, I checked the US Gov site on FERPA, and some Colorado sites; I did find a Colorado statute which protects health professionals from civil liability for reporting such things, but without quite a bit more examination, I can't say what specific parameters trigger the duty to warn.

    I think the psychiatrist is likely OK here - she did report, but I am very uncertain as to whether or not the university, having received the psychiatrist's warning and apparently ignored it, is in the same position.

    Maybe there is a Colorado lawyer who can contribute some clarification here.

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    by Wayward Wind on Thu Aug 02, 2012 at 03:54:34 AM PDT

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    •  You may very well be right. (0+ / 0-)

      I've taught elementary school too, and we did have to report to the police any signs of abuse, for instance.

      If that is the same with universities, I wasn't aware of it, but it may very well be so.  

      Saludos.

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      by Anak on Fri Aug 03, 2012 at 01:11:03 AM PDT

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