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Confidentiality is an essential part of any clinical relationship. All aspects of your participation in clinical services at the Counseling and Mental Health Center, including the scheduling of appointments, content of counseling sessions, and any records that we keep, are confidential as outlined by federal and state law. Please read our Notice of Privacy Practices which provides more detail about how we handle your confidential information. Communication between a clinician and a client may only be disclosed:

Counseling records are maintained in files completely separate from the student's academic records and cannot be accessed by faculty, parents, or any non-CMHC staff without the client's signed authorization. Clients are encouraged to address any questions or concerns about this important issue with their clinician.

CMHC operates within professional ethical guidelines and applicable federal and state laws which protect the privacy of your mental health records.

Limits of Confidentiality

In most cases, your written and signed authorization is required before information concerning your care can be disclosed to individuals outside of CMHC, including parents, roommates, friends, faculty, and partners. Below are some of the cases in which the law dictates that your signed authorization may not be required in order for CMHC to release information:

About Your Counseling Record

Your counseling record contains documentation relevant to your care at the Counseling and Mental Health Center. It will be retained for at least seven years after your last contact for services.

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