Protecting individuals privacy
Tom telephones a student at home regarding their appeal against an allegation of misconduct. The student is not at home, however the student’s mother, Christine, answers the phone. Tom informs Christine that he is phoning regarding her son’s appeal, Christine states her son has discussed the matter with her and seeks further information regarding his case. When pressed, Tom provides further details. Tom feels comfortable about providing this information to Christine because she is the student’s parent and she has already told Tom that she knows all about her son’s appeal process. Is there anything wrong with giving Christine this information?