In counseling, a student discloses sensitive personal information to the Counselor. Professional ethics and laws protect the confidentiality of information shared in counseling sessions.
- Your identity as a client will not be confirmed or denied to anyone who is not a Counseling Services staff member without your written permission.
- The content revealed during the course of a counseling session and records will not be released to any outside agency or individual (including parents/guardians if you are 18 or older) without your permission, except as required by law.
- If a person within the college community refers you for counseling, (s)he will not be informed of your attendance or non-attendance unless you authorize us to do so in writing by signing a release of information form.
- There are four exceptions to confidentiality that you should know of before you begin counseling:*
- Imminent harm to self
- Imminent harm to others/property
- Abuse of children, the elderly or disabled
- Staff consultations and supervision – the Counseling Services staff may consult for professional purposes only in order to provide you with the best possible service.
Mandated assessments are infrequent, and are used as a developmental opportunity for those who have committed college policy violations. The contents of anything revealed will be kept confidential. Based upon your meeting with a Counselor, the Counselor may provide recommendations for you to uphold in order for you to comply with the sanction imposed by college judicial procedures. The recommendations, and your compliance or non-compliance with them within a specified period of time, will be shared with the appropriate campus official.
* If disclosure of confidential information does become necessary, the Counselor will release only the information necessary to protect you, another person, or property.