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Confidentiality Policy for Counseling

Confidentiality

Respecting your confidentiality is one of the Counseling Center's highest priorities. 

Typically, students share sensitive and personal information with their counselor. This information is not disclosed to anyone without written permission from the student.

However, there are exceptions to confidentiality to be aware of before beginning counseling. 

If there is a need to breach confidentiality, Counseling Center staff will make every effort to work with students collaboratively while abiding by ethical and legal mandates. 

Legally, counselors are required to disclose information where there is:

  • An imminent threat of harm to self or others
  • Suspected abuse of children, the elderly or the disabled
  • A court subpoena
  • A student's written authorization to release information

Our counseling staff adheres to the ethical principles and codes of conduct as defined by the appropriate state licensure boards.

For Parents/Legal Guardians

Your student's transition to college is an exciting time, but also brings a multitude of feelings for both students and parents. 

Some students may elect to seek counseling services to cope with academic and personal stressors in their lives.

The Counseling Center abides by both ethical and legal mandates to keep confidentiality secure. As a result, the counseling staff cannot release information about adult students without their written consent. The counselors also cannot confirm or deny meeting with students without this consent.

We recognize that this may be a shift in communication about your student and we empathize with your concern.

Staff members with the title of Personal Counselor have the ability to maintain legally protected confidentiality and will not reveal confidential information shared with them without the express permission of the individual, or as otherwise permitted or required by law.

Personal counselors will maintain confidentiality unless:

  1. Permission to disclose is given by the person who disclosed the information;
  2. There is an imminent threat of harm to the individual or to others;
  3. The information disclosed involves suspected abuse of a minor under the age of 18 or abuse of elderly individuals or disabled persons; or
  4. If ordered by law or court order.