Medical information cannot be released to parents, professors or anyone else without written consent or as required by law. The exception to this is in emergency situations or for students under 18 years of age.

HIPAA and FERPA are complicated federal laws. Each uses different terms to describe the legal requirements concerning how and when health information can be used and disclosed. Please note that under FERPA, which will be the dominant law pertaining to student health information at the University, a student's "Consent" is required before Bethune-Cookman College can disclose his or her health information for purposes that are not permitted by law. Under HIPAA, which may apply when a student obtains Treatment outside of the College, an "Authorization" is required before the student's health information can be used or disclosed by a Covered Entity for purposes not related to health care and treatment.