The U.S. Department of Education (the “Department”) issued a draft Dear Colleague Letter in August 2015, soliciting public comment on several issues related to the privacy of student medical records at institutions of higher education (“institutions”). After considering the comments received , the Department is issuing this final letter, which
- makes relatively minor changes to clarify intent,
- discusses litigation holds , and
- indicates that it is a best practice for institutions to notify students of the privacy of their medical records at the time they receive treatment.