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Counseling often includes discussion of sensitive personal information. It is essential that students feel safe in their conversations with counselors, and that their privacy is protected.

The Counseling Center staff has a legal and ethical obligation to protect your privacy. In general, all information about your counseling is confidential, and counseling records are not part of your academic or administrative records. The center will not disclose information related to your counseling without your written permission. This includes responding to questions from parents, friends, faculty, etc. However, there are a few exceptions to the general rule of confidentiality, which you should be aware. We would be required to release information and possibly contact appropriate people under the following circumstances:

  • there is a danger that you may harm yourself or another person
  • we learned information which led us to believe that a child or elderly person was being abused or neglected
  • we received 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).

In order to ensure the best quality of your care, there is one other way information about you might be shared. Counseling center staff members might consult with other counseling center staff members (protecting your anonymity as much as possible) in order to figure out the best way to be helpful. In some cases, consultation may occur with a particular student health service staff member, when coordination of services is needed.

Should any of these circumstances occur, we will discuss with you whenever possible any steps being taken.


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