Information shared in counseling or clinic sessions is privileged (confidential) information and does not become part of a student's academic record. Health information is not disclosed to any party outside of the College Health Service without the student's prior written consent.
Students are protected under HIPAA, a federal privacy law protecting the patient's confidentiality of health care information. Each time a student visits Health Services they must complete a 2-way release giving the provider permission to discuss any privileged information.
Please note: work study students cannot access counseling records, healthcare records, or other confidential information.
Confidentiality will only be broken in exceptional circumstances if such disclosure is:
- necessary to protect a client or someone else from imminent physical danger
- linked to apparent child or elder abuse
- a rare instance when records are legally court-ordered
- in cases where reporting is mandated by New Hampshire state law. Such exceptions to a client's rights of privilege are mandated by New Hampshire state laws. In these cases, appropriate officials will be notified and the client will be apprised of this notification.