Student Privacy/Suicide Conference

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Privacy vs. Protection: The Case of College Student Suicide

Thursday, April 21, 2005
8:30 a.m. 3:00 p.m.
New York State Psychiatric Institute
First Floor Auditorium
1051 Riverside Drive , New York , NY 10032

  • Did you know that suicide is the second leading cause of death among college students?
  • Did you know that 4 out of 5 young adults who attempt suicide give clear signs that they are suicidal?
  • Where is the line between the parent's right to know about a student's psychological problems and the student's right to privacy?
  • What is the obligation of the University when a student is at risk of self harm?
  • What is the balance between the "best interests" of the student and the "best interests" of the University? Are they in conflict?
  • What responsibility do fellow students have when a friend is at risk of self harm?
  • Are you familiar with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA, Buckley Amendment) designed to protect student's privacy?

The Columbia University Center for Bioethics, the New York State Psychiatric Institute Suicide Intervention Center, and the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention are offering a landmark symposium exploring the complex issues and ethical dilemmas regarding privacy laws and student suicide. Featured topics include:

  • Ethical dilemmas regarding protection of student privacy vs. student welfare
  • Clashes among the best interests and rights of students, parents, and the University
  • Clinical indicators, demographics, and epidemiology of college student suicide
  • Current laws protecting student privacy
  • Helping the suicidal student: preventive actions university officials and friends can take to prevent student suicide

These largely unexplored topics and others will be presented by many outstanding national experts.

Target Audience: College administrators, medical and psychiatric professionals, educators, researchers, mental health counselors, bioethicists, legal professionals, social workers, students, emergency room personnel, parents, and all others who are interested in these important issues.

Conference Fee:
Early Registration: $25 (before April 18, 2005)
Students (ID required): FREE
Walk in Registration: $35

Registration deadline: You may register online until Monday, April 18, 2005. Walk in registration is available; however, because seating is limited, early registration is strongly encouraged.

A continental breakfast and lunch will be provided. For additional information, contact Scott Reiners at 212-342-1295 or E-mail:

We gratefully acknowledge support for this program from the National Institutes of Health Grant # 1 T15HL7251-01, and the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention - New York State Chapter.

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