Because counseling includes discussion of sensitive personal information, you should feel safe in your conversations with counselors and confident that your privacy is protected.
Our staff has a legal and ethical obligation to protect your privacy. Information about your counseling is confidential and counseling records are not part of your academic or administrative records. We won’t disclose information related to your counseling without written permission. This includes responding to questions from parents, friends and faculty members.
However, there are a few exceptions to the general rule of confidentiality.
We would be required to release information, and possibly contact appropriate people, under the following circumstances:
- There is a danger you may harm yourself or someone else.
- We learn information which leads us to believe a child or elderly person is being abused or neglected.
- We receive a court order to release information (i.e. you are involved in a criminal or civil case in which your emotional or mental health is a concern).
To ensure we provide you with the best care we can, there’s another way your information might be shared. Our staff members may consult with other Counseling & Accessibility Services staff members (protecting your anonymity as much as possible) in order to determine the best way to help you.
If any of these circumstances occur, we’ll discuss it with you when possible.
If you would like to provide written permission for us to speak with someone about your care, you will need to fill out this Authorization to Release Protected Health Information Form.