Student Health & Well-Being takes confidentiality very seriously. We adhere to state and federal laws, including HIPAA, when handling your private information.
Information shared with a therapist or healthcare provider is legally and ethically considered confidential and will not be shared with anyone including your parents or any university office without your written permission or as required by law. Your Counseling Center records are not part of your academic record.
Confidential services are governed by:
- HIPAA: The Privacy Rule, a federal law, gives you rights over your health information and sets rules and limits on who can look at and receive your health information.
- FERPA: The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 is a federal law designed to protect the privacy of educational records; to establish the rights of students to inspect and review their education records.
No information is released to anyone outside of Student Health & Well-Being without your written permission, with the following exceptions:
- If you pose an imminent and life-threatening danger to yourself or to someone else
- If a reasonable suspicion of abuse of others exists
- If a court orders the disclosure of your records
If you are under 18, your provider will discuss privacy with you at your initial visit.
While we keep records of your visits, your health records are not part of your educational record unless you direct us to contact university staff or faculty.
If you require documentation of services or letters of support, please contact Student Health & Well-Being at 573-882-7481.