Confidentiality

confidentiality

For Clients:

The University Counseling Center strictly protects the confidentiality of information shared during sessions. We are ethically committed to confidentiality and federal and state laws require it. This means that even your attendance in counseling is kept private and confidential. No record of a student’s visit to the UCC is placed on a transcript or academic record.

State and Federal law states that there are four exceptions to this general rule:

  1. You may request (by means of a signed release) that your counselor reveal information to other individuals or agencies of your choice;
  2. In instances where there is imminent danger of serious harm to yourself or others;
  3. In cases involving physical and/or sexual abuse of children or endangered adults; and
  4. Where otherwise requested by subpoena or mandated by court order or state/federal law.

Please note that a private waiting area at the UCC may be available for those who are interested. Please see the receptionist for availability.

For Parents:

Assurance of privacy is one of the conditions that makes counseling effective. The UCC is prohibited by Indiana State Law from disclosing anything about any student (including a student’s attendance at a counseling session) who is 18 years of age or older without his or her written permission.

If you know your daughter or son has seen one of the UCC’s counselors and if you think it is important to dialogue with your student’s counselor, please share with the student your concern and ask the student to sign a release of information, which then allows us to share information with you.

If you are concerned about a student and are not sure how to help, please call the UCC at 574-631-7336 and a UCC staff member will consult with you about the best way to proceed.

For Faculty, Staff, and Concerned Others:

Assurance of privacy is one of the conditions that makes counseling effective. The UCC is prohibited by Indiana State Law from disclosing anything about any student (including a student’s attendance at a counseling session) who is 18 years of age or older without his or her written permission.

If you want communicate with a counselor about a student whom you referred to the UCC or whom you believe is a client, or simply want confirmation that the student is being seen at the UCC, please ask the student to sign a release of information which then allows us to share information with you. Of course, whether and to what extent information is to be released is entirely at the discretion of the student. Otherwise, we cannot confirm or deny whether the student is a UCC client.

If you are concerned about a student and are not sure how to help, please call the UCC at 574-631-7336 and a UCC staff member will consult with you about the best way to proceed.