Confidentiality is extremely important to us, so information shared in a counseling session will be kept in strict confidence. Counseling Services cannot release information to parents, resident assistants, instructors or physicians without a student's written consent. Confidentiality includes indicating whether a student is visiting the Office of Counseling Services. Counseling files are NOT part of academic records.
There are some situations in which Counseling Services is legally obligated to take action to protect others from harm, and this may include disclosure of some personal information. If we believe that a student is threatening serious bodily harm to another, we are required to take protective actions.
These actions may include notifying the potential victim, contacting the police, or seeking hospitalization for the student. If the student threatens to harm himself/ herself, we may be obligated to seek hospitalization for him/her or to contact others who can help provide protection.
Please Note: The exceptions to confidentiality are extremely rare.
If they should occur, it is Counseling Services policy that, whenever possible, we will discuss with the student any action that is being considered.
Mental Health Consent Form
: Please complete and return this form to indicate consent for sharing information concerning mental health to the individuals specified on the consent form.