The confidentiality of students in counseling is essential and is addressed right away with your provider.
Counseling Services follows laws and ethics limiting what information can and cannot be shared outside of our center. No information can be shared about you outside of Counseling Services unless we have your written permission with a few exceptions. The following are the primary exceptions to be aware of:
- If someone appears to be planning harm to himself/herself, harm to others;
- If we are to become aware of children or dependent adults who are being abused.
In such situations, the counselor is legally bound to break confidentiality in order to provide individuals with the assistance they need.
Counseling Services is exempt from University requirements for mandaded reporting for sexual harassment or harassment based on race, sexual orientation, or religion. Thus, we are a confidential space to explore these issues. Counseling services can assist students with reporting an incident if the student decides to and grants permission.
If you and/or your counselor decide you would benefit from longer-term psychotherapy or other specialized services we do not offer, we will suggest alternative resources for you. Students who have concerns that require longer-term counseling and those with chronic mental illnesses are served in the capacity deemed appropriate.
If you are referred to a community-based mental health provider, we will facilitate releases of information so that Counseling Services and your provider can share relevant treatment information and coordinate care planning. In order to share information with UMC entities, we will facilitate releases if and when necessary. We cannot share your information with anyone without your written consent, except in the cases identified above.