Welcome to this month’s writing roundup, where I revisit pieces I published during the past (two) months. This month’s articles are not in any sort of chronological order. Instead, I’m sorting them by topic.
“Did a Jane Doe Just Deal Campus Rape Culture a Huge Blow?” Dame Magazine. 10 September 2015.
I’m really proud of this piece. It’s a follow up of a piece I wrote back in March about the University of Oregon and how it has treated the medical records of students on campus. What’s so amazing is that since that first piece, politicians have actually acted to try to better protect student medical records. Faints in shock. Here’s the crux:
Had these new FERPA guidelines been in place back in December 2014, UO likely would not have been able to access Jane Doe’s medical records without a court order, and certainly not prior to her filing a lawsuit. Since her lawsuit did not put her medical treatment at issue, according to these new guidelines, UO would have had to go through ordinary civil litigation channels to access her medical records. And they would only have had access to those relevant to her legal complaint—not access to whichever ones they felt like taking.
“We Are Not Prepared for Students In Distress.” Chronicle of Higher Education Vitae. 2 October 2015.
“Every wise educator should anticipate that, at some point, he or she will have a student who is emotionally distraught in the educator’s office,” McKinney said. “The smart thing to do is to have a strategy in place for situations that go beyond what you know your tolerance for emotional discussions to be.” If you know that your tolerance is low, you need to have some numbers on your office speed dial.
Articles on Writing
“The No-Fail Author Newsletter Formula.” Underground Book Reviews. 26 October 2015.
These days authors are encouraged to send newsletters. Do you wonder what should go in your newsletter? The article provides a formula to get you started.