As licensed professionals, counseling center staff members are required by law and ethical responsibility to provide individuals with information to consider as they enter counseling. Counseling may involve sharing of sensitive, private information about a person. Counselors recognize students’ concern regarding confidentiality and they strictly adhere to maintaining confidentiality. They will not share any information regarding an individual with school administrators, teachers, parents, or anyone else without an individual’s consent. There are, however, several exceptions to confidentiality. Among these exceptions are:
- (1) Child or elder abuse or neglect
- (2) Harm to oneself or others
- (3) Legally valid court ordered subpoena
- (4) Staff and supervisory consultation.
Situations described in 1, 2, and 3 are extremely rare, but should they occur, counseling center staff will advise an individual of any action that may be taken.
The counseling center staff is unable to ensure the confidentiality of email, so students should use caution when using this method of communication.
Is there a Cost?
- The counseling center is a free service, and there is no limit to the number of sessions students can have.