Confidentiality Policy

All contacts with Student Health and Wellness – Medical Care and Mental Health are strictly confidential in accordance with Connecticut state privacy laws. Records are not available to individuals or agencies, either on or off campus, without a student’s specific written permission. Mental Health records are kept separately from medical records but are available to Student Health and Wellness – Medical Care providers on a need-to-know basis. Copies of psychiatric medication prescriptions, laboratory reports, and a notation that there is a SHaW – Mental Health record are in the SHaW – Medical Care record. By law and by professional codes of ethics, confidentiality is only broken by a therapist when 1) the student is in imminent danger of harm to self or others 2) a therapist suspects abuse or neglect of a child under the age of 18 or other dependent or 3) a court orders a record. Even in these cases, we will try our best to work with the student in communicating this information to other parties. In accordance with university policy, SHaW records are destroyed after seven years.