Counseling involves the disclosure of sensitive personal and private information by clients. Professional ethics and several laws protect the confidentiality of information shared in counseling. Therefore, no acknowledgment that you have been seen at Counseling Services will be made, nor will information about your actual counseling be released to any outside agency or individual without your written permission, except as noted below:
The situations described in 2, 3, and 4, above are rare. However, if they should occur, it is Counseling Services policy that, whenever possible, we will discuss with you any action that is being considered. You should be aware that we are not legally obligated to inform you or seek your permission, especially if such a discussion would prevent us from securing your safety or the safety of others. If disclosure of confidential information does become necessary, we will release only the information needed to protect you and/or another person.
Counseling Services confidential client files are stored electronically and on paper. All information is secured to prevent unauthorized access. Records are kept for 5-10 years after a client’s graduation. Counseling Services’ treatment files are not linked to any other College records. We do not counsel students via e-mail and cannot guarantee the confidentiality of e-mail communications with our office.