Counseling is a confidential service in accordance with legal limitations (see below) as well as professional and ethical guidelines. Our staff members are not included under Title IX and they do not report crimes that include sexual violence (including rape, sexual assault, and sexual harassment) to university officials. 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.
There are some limitations to confidentiality. Counselors are required to release certain information in situations in which there is potential harm to yourself or others, in instances of possible child or elder abuse, or as a result of a court order. Additionally, files may be reviewed in the process of agency accreditation visits by professional review teams and data that you have supplied is used in agency evaluation and research. All materials are handled confidentially and no materials with identifying information (except for billing purposes) will leave the agency without obtaining specific permission to do so.
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 7 years past the date of your last contact and then are destroyed/deleted.