The confidentiality of counseling relationships is maintained in a manner consistent with accepted professional standards and with local, state and federal statutes. Accordingly, no information regarding a client's counseling relationship is divulged unless prior written consent is obtained from the client. Confidentiality of the counseling relationship is broken only if such disclosure is necessary to protect the client, or an identifiable third party, from imminent physical or psychological danger, in cases of apparent child or sexual abuse, or in those extremely rare cases when the courts subpoena Counseling Center records. In addition, no information concerning contact with members of the Counseling Center can be shared with other members of the University community without the prior approval of the client.
In the event that a client requests release of information and signs the appropriate waiver(s), such information will be released selectively and only to designated qualified professionals. In all cases where a Counseling Center staff member may advocate on behalf of a client with other University personnel, permission for release of information will be obtained before any intervention is undertaken and/or information regarding the counseling relationship is shared.
HIPAA Protection of Privacy
HIPAA provides new privacy protections and patient rights with regard to the use and disclosure of “Protected Health Information” (PHI) used for the purpose of treatment, payment for services, and health care operations.
Download the HIPAA Protection of Privacy document (PDF format).