Federal and State laws, as well as professional codes of ethics, emphasize the importance of confidential communication in a counseling relationship. Client information is confidential unless the client provides written consent to disclose specified information.
However, laws and ethics define certain situations when mental health professionals are required to disclose otherwise confidential client information. These situations are:
- When there is a reasonable suspicion of past or current child, elder, or dependent adult abuse
- When the client presents a danger to self, to others, and/or to property
- When ordered by a court of law.
The Counseling Center's records are not included in any of the student's other college records. Information about the student, even acknowledgment of visits, is confidential and cannot be released without written permission.