Confidentiality and Privacy
Confidentiality is an essential part of counseling. A counseling relationship requires an atmosphere of trust and confidence between student and counselor. All counseling sessions are confidential and are not part of a student's record. The LSSU Counseling Services takes your privacy very seriously. We safeguard the privacy of your personal information.
Under normal circumstances, the information that a student shares with her/his therapist in the course of a counseling session will be treated as confidential material. Treating information confidentially means not releasing it to anyone outside of Counseling Services without the student's written permission. The main exceptions to confidentiality are as follows:
- If we learn about child or elder abuse, we are required by law to report.
- If in our judgment you are in imminent danger of hurting yourself or others, we are legally required to report this to the appropriate persons in order to ensure safety.
- If we are required to present records and/or to appear in court to comply with a court order, we will disclose information as necessary to comply with the law. If you file a complaint or lawsuit against Counseling Services or the college we may need to release relevant information in order to defend against the complaint.
Our complete Confidentiality Policy is available for review, please ask for a copy of our Policy Statements and Student Consent for Services form.