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#Factoritin Privacy Consider this as you advise rising seniors where to apply to college: Students don’t have the same right to medical privacy that you or I have. In fact, college students are most often not even covered by HIPAA.

Instead, college students are ‘protected’ by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), a widely-criticized federal law. As one law professor put it, “FERPA is about as protective as cheesecloth.”

The details of the law are dense, but here’s the most important thing to know: FERPA loopholes would allow colleges to disclose student abortions. Which, in certain states, would put them at risk of arrest.”

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