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I am posting this for those of you who don't seem to understand why this site or others cannot or will not disclose certain information about student athletes. This comes up all the time when players leave (McAvoy, etc.), run into trouble (Garcia), or even just get injured (Lattimore). Without getting into the propriety of thinking one is entitled to know everything our players/coaches do, there are very often legitimate legal and procedural reasons why certain information is not, and cannot be disclosed. This is not intended to be an exhaustive discussion of the application of these laws, but simply an introduction for those who may not be aware of them.
Most adults should be aware of HIPAA, which protects individuals' medical information. Injury records, as well as those for drug and alcohol testing/treatment, may fall under HIPAA, and therefore may not be disclosed by the school without the player's consent. This is why details about Lattimore's knee injuries were sketchy for as long as they were.
What many folks don't know is that USC, like almost every college in the nation, is subject to FERPA, the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, which also protects students personal information and provides:
Generally, schools must have written permission from the parent or eligible student in order to release any information from a student's education record. However, FERPA allows schools to disclose those records, without consent, to the following parties or under the following conditions (34 CFR § 99.31):
School officials with legitimate educational interest;
Other schools to which a student is transferring;
Specified officials for audit or evaluation purposes;
Appropriate parties in connection with financial aid to a student;
Organizations conducting certain studies for or on behalf of the school;
To comply with a judicial order or lawfully issued subpoena;
Appropriate officials in cases of health and safety emergencies; and
State and local authorities, within a juvenile justice system, pursuant to specific State law.
Schools may disclose, without consent, "directory" information such as a student's name, address, telephone number, date and place of birth, honors and awards, and dates of attendance. Student athlete's medical information may fall within both FERPA and HIPAA.
There can penalties for violations of HIPAA and FERPA, so most covered entities are not going to risk disclosure of protected information without consent. This affects what gets released to media outlets, including TBS. Add on to that requests from sources that material remain private, as well as the general protections/concerns regarding libel and slander, and you can see why the reader's $9.99/month doesn't always get you "all" the information about our student athletes, or even coaches, for that matter.
This post was edited by CockOfAges 18 months ago
Thanks for posting this. Just amazes me that some of us are ready to crown this kid as a two time Heisman winner before he ever plays a down of major college football.
Are you trying to tell me that my $10 a month does not make me exempt from such laws?
Ally will beat the crap out of Uga.
I don't think anyone here would dispute that you are getting your $10-worth here, my friend.
Steve for the love of all that is holy, never say "whatevs" again.
And don't confuse FERPA with FUPA, even if this chick says so:
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