Despite the fact that many university students are financially dependent on their parents, we cannot, for ethical and legal reasons, discuss a student’s client status with parents unless the student has given us written permission to do so. This includes information about whether a student has sought services or not, has kept appointments in a timely manner, the information and issues shared and discussed in therapy sessions, and similar matters.
Such confidentiality is not absolute, however, and there are extraordinary circumstances when information can be shared without the student’s consent. The Student Counseling Center is:
- Obligated by law to report suspected child abuse (sexual, physical, or emotional) and neglect to proper authorities.
- Obligated by law to report suspected elder abuse to proper authorities.
- Obligated to take appropriate action if a student represents a threat of harm to self or others, and
- the Student Counseling Center may be required to release the record if you are involved in court matters.
We also recognize that there are situations, which fall short of such emergencies, in which parental or familial involvement may be helpful or clinically important. If you believe that this describes your student’s situation, please speak with him or her about your reasons and ask that s/he consider giving permission for an exchange of information between you and his/her therapist.