making a referral for counseling, it is not uncommon to be
interested in finding out how a student is doing. However, the
confidential nature of the counseling relationship often precludes
us from sharing information about a student. We maintain confidentiality
according to the standards set by our professional code of ethics,
federal guidelines, and state laws. This means that we cannot disclose
any information about a student without his/her written consent
to do so (even whether or not a student showed up for an appointment).
Please note, however, that if we determine a student is an imminent
risk to self or others, our duty to protect will take precedence
over maintaining confidentiality.