All interactions with the SCADS, including scheduling of, attendance of appointments, content of your sessions, progress in counseling, and your records, are confidential within Student Counseling Services.
No record of counseling is contained in any academic, educational or job placement file. At your written request/consent, SCADS staff will send a report, or talk with persons you designate.
The counseling staff works as a team. Your counselor will consult with other counseling staff to provide you with the best possible care. Staff consultations are for professional and training purposes. Information will not be disclosed outside of SCADS without your written consent with the exception of the following:
- Imminent Harm to Self: If a staff member has reason to believe that you are in danger of physically harming yourself; a psychologist is legally and ethically required to report this information to the proper authorities and others (i.e., family, college administrators, campus police, etc.) as needed to ensure your safety.
- Imminent Harm to Others: If a staff member has reason to believe that you are seriously threatening harm against another person and if s/he believes that you are a threat to the safety of another person, s/he is legally and ethically required to take some action (such as contacting the police, notifying the other person, contacting college administrators, seeking involuntary hospitalization or some combination of these actions) to ensure that the other person is protected.
- Abuse of Vulnerable Individuals: If a staff member has reason to believe that a child, an elderly person, or another vulnerable individual(s) is being physically or sexually abused or neglected; s/he is legally obligated to report this situation to the appropriate state agency.
- Court Order: A court order, issued by a judge, may require the Student Counseling Center staff to release information contained in records and/or require a counselor to testify in a court proceeding. If records are subpoenaed, we will make every effort to keep information confidential within the limits of the law.
Please Note: The exceptions to confidentiality are rare. However, if they should occur it is the Center’s policy that, whenever possible, we will attempt to discuss with you any action that is being considered.