Confidentiality is an essential part of our relationship with you and we’re committed to keeping your contact with the Counseling Center confidential. With few exceptions, no one can know you made an appointment, what was discussed in the session, or if you have plans to continue with counseling in the future. It's not just our policy, that information is protected by federal and state law. To help us ensure confidentiality, our record keeping system is completely separate from other systems on campus. No one outside the Counseling Center staff can access your records without your written permission.
Limits of confidentiality
In most cases, we need your written and signed authorization before we can disclose any information to anyone outside of the Counseling Center. There are a few rare, legal exceptions.
- If a Counseling Center professional staff member believes that you are likely to harm yourself or another person, he or she may be required to take action to protect you or others by contacting senior administrators, parents, medical professionals or law enforcement officers.
- If a Counseling Center professional staff member learns that a child, elderly or disabled person has been or may be subjected to abuse or neglect, the clinician may be required to report this abuse to the appropriate state agency.
- In rare instances involving court cases, a court may order the release of confidential information considered pertinent to the proceedings.
- If you are under the age of 18, your parents or legal guardians may have rights to counseling records.