Confidentiality

  • Counseling is a confidential service in accordance with legal limitations (see below) as well as professional and ethical guidelines.
  • Confidentiality means that your contact with this office does not go on your academic record and that clinical materials will not be disclosed to any other office or individual unless you have signed a written release for this to occur.
  • Our staff members are exempt from Title IX and they do not report crimes that include sexual violence (including rape, sexual assault, and sexual harassment) to university officials.
  • All clinic materials are handled confidentially including:
    • Clinical materials that may be reviewed in the process of agency accreditation visits by professional review teams.
    • Data that you have supplied is combined in aggregate format and is used in agency reports of evaluation/research and in description of agency services.
    • Data used for billing purposes is available to you on our secure website; you are responsible for providing your bill to a third party. If there are any questions or disputes about billing or payment, CS staff will verify only billing dates and billing totals to that third party in order to respond to the concern. This includes if a bill needs to be sent to a collection agency.

Some limits to confidentiality

Counselors are required to release certain information in situations in which there is

  • potential harm to yourself or others,
  • possible child or elder abuse, or
  • a court order.


Security of our records

  • Counseling Services maintains security for all written and computer records of counseling.
  • Financial records of your contacts are maintained indefinitely while clinical notes are maintained for seven years past the date of your last contact and then are destroyed/deleted.