Confidentiality

  • Students sometimes raise questions about the privacy of what is discussed in counseling. The Student Counseling Center adheres to legal standards of the State of Michigan and ethical standards of the National Association of Social Workers which guarantee that everything a student talks about is held in strictest confidence.
  • An exception to these standards only arises when there is a danger to life or to a vulnerable other such as in cases of physical or sexual abuse of a child. Additionally, the courts could subpoena counseling records if they existed and saw them as relevant to a criminal case.
  • Any exception to this policy requires written consent from the student.
  • The Student Counseling Center compiles statistics on its services, and periodically the staff use this data to conduct research on how to improve counseling services. In all cases, any information that would identify individual students is removed from the data.
  • Any notes taken by the counselor and any other counseling records do not become part of the student's official University file at any time. If students have questions about privacy in counseling, a counselor will be glad to answer them.