Student Life

Quick Referral Guide

About Confidentiality

In general, the law protects the privacy of all communications between a student and a counselor. Therefore the Counseling Center can only release information about our work with students if there is a written consent from the student. There are, however, a few exceptions where disclosures may be required by law. For example:

  • If we believe that a child, elderly person or disabled person is being abused, we may be required to file a report with the appropriate state agency.
  • If we believe that a student in counseling is threatening serious bodily harm to another person, we may be required to notify the potential victim or contact security or the police department.
  • If a student in counseling threatens to harm him or herself, we may be obligated to seek hospitalization or to contact family members or others who can provide protection.
  • If a college employee is sexually harassing a student we will notify the appropriate sexual harassment officer of the college.
  • Finally, a court ordered subpoena might require us to release information contained in records or require a counselor to testify in a court hearing.