Before your student comes to campus:
- Read the student health entrance letter.
- Review immunizations and ensure that your student is up to date
- Ensure that your student fills out their Immunization and Health History Form
- Talk with your student about alcohol consumption, sexual assault, and healthy choices. UW-Madison has parent handbooks to help you start or continue to those conversations:
Talking with college students about alcohol
Talking with college students about sexual assault
- Ensure that your student has completed the required alcohol and sexual violence prevention programs.
- Questions? Call 608-265-5600
UHS medical and mental health records are protected by federal law. UHS does not disclose information to parents or guardians for students over the age of 18 without the student’s consent. Students have the right to receive information about and assistance with advance directives and designating someone (known as a health care power of attorney) to make health care decisions for them in the event that they are unable. Being a Designated Agent for Advance Directives or Health Care Power of Attorney does not automatically allow access to the medical records.
We are often asked if the student can sign a “blanket” release of information form and our answer is no. In health care matters, such prospective (advance) releases are not legally defensible and can be revoked by the student at any time. For more information on confidentiality, please see the health communication page.