The Right of Life and Protection vs. Privacy of an Individual

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Safety or Privacy?

Ever since the incident at Virginia Tech, everyone has been on guard to prevent something like it from happening again. Nobody wants to hear about or experience another shooting. On one hand, the university and its students are entitled to safety and security, but on the other hand, Deanna is entitled to her privacy. The constitution provides for the right of life and protection, certainly, but it also provides for the privacy of an individual. The problem is that one person’s desire to have their personal problems remain secret does not outweigh the lives of ten thousand other people. The right to privacy does not trump everyone else’s right to protection. It is not even as though a large group of people would need to know her mental-health history. A small section of the staff would need to know, not everyone enrolled or working in the university.

The university is more than within its rights to ask an applicant for any information it may need, especially information that will help protect other people. Requiring everyone to relinquish their mental health history to certain staff members to ensure the survival of the students and staff is completely reasonable. Since the guidance counselor has concerns about how she will adjust to the new environment, a definite metaphorical red flag comes up. If she might have trouble becoming accustomed to a hectic, large university atmosphere, the necessary employees should be informed. Deanna is obligated to share as much information as the university needs, as long as she is not treated differently (being placed in a separate dormitory/other students are informed). If CU needs something to make sure its students remain living, it should by all means be able to acquire it.

Deanna’s guidance counselor has no right, however, to share any information with anyone without her consent. It is not as though the counselor has the power of attorney over her, or anything. If the guidance...
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