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 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
- Abuse of Children
- Staff Consultations and Supervision - The Counseling Services staff may consult for professional purposes only in order to provide you with the best possible service.
- Staff does not correspond about confidential matters to provide counseling via e-mail since it is not considered a secure environment.
Mandated counseling is infrequent, and is 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, we will release only the information necessary to protect you or another person.