The Student Counseling and Psychological Services adheres to strict confidentiality
guidelines set by national and state ethical codes and guidelines. Any and all records
kept by the Student Counseling and Psychological Services are kept confidential, except
in these cases:
a. When the client is determined to be a threat to the health and safety of self
or another, including abuse of a child, elder or disabled adult. If a counselor determines
a client’s personal safety or the safety of another person is at risk, counselors
are required by law to take protective actions. This may include notifying family
members or other emergency contacts, contacting the police, seeking hospitalization
for the client, notifying potential victims of harm or contacting others who can help
provide protection. In the case of abuse, counselors are required by law to notify
the appropriate state agency. If any of these situations occur, every effort will
be made by your counselor to fully discuss the situation with you before taking any
b. When documents are court ordered to be released to the property of the court.
c. When the Student Counseling and Psychological Services professional staff/interns
discuss case material for the purpose of consultation, supervision, or treatment team
d. When a Student Counseling and Psychological Services staff makes a referral
on your behalf to Student Health in order to coordinate treatment. Only relevant
and pertinent information relating to treatment planning shall be shared.
e. When a CARE Report about a client involves threat of harm to self and/or other(s).
f. When the client has given consent to share specified information with identified
person(s) and/or agency(ies)
g. Clients under the age of 18 must have a parent/guardian sign consent to treatment
of their minor child prior to treatment.
h. Client names and appointment information are shared with front office staff
at both the Summerville and Health Science Campus Student Counseling and Psychological
Services offices for scheduling purposes.