An Examination of Privacy Rulesfor Academic Advisors and CollegeStudent-Athletes: A CommunicationPrivacy Management Perspective

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Thompson, Jason; Petronio, Sandra; Braithwaite, Dawn O.
College Advisors; College Student-Athletes; Communication Privacy Management; Confidentiality; Disclosure; Privacy; Communication; Critical and Cultural Studies; Gender, Race, Sexuality, and Ethnicity in Communication; Other Communication
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This study explored how academic advisors managed revealed private information from college student-athletes. The 37 academic advisors were interviewed to address: What criteria advisors use to judge privacy rules regulating access or protection of shared private information from student-athletes, and how privacy-rule choices function in this context? Academic advisors interviewed represented 21 different institutions of the four NCAA division levels and 10 separate athletic conferences. Using Communication Privacy Management theory as a framework, findings indicated there were two main criteria: motivations and risk-benefit ratios used to develop privacy rules managing revealing and concealing the student-athlete’s private information.