Confidentiality Policy and Mission Statement
Information shared with a mental health professional will be held in strict confidence UNLESS:
- There is an imminent danger to student or others
- Cases of child, disabled or elder abuse
- Court order issued for release of records
- Written release of information is signed
Release of information form (student's 18 years of age or older)
The Office of Student Counseling complements the academic experience of the student body by facilitating healthy personal, social, and intellectual development of our students. Life circumstances, trauma, skills deficits, and/or mental health problems may at times interfere with a student's ability to successfully achieve important academic and life goals. Counseling center staff help students to identify their problems, manage their emotions, learn new problem-solving skills, and successfully meet academic, social, and life challenges. Counseling staff provide exceptional direct services, training, and outreach programs, including:
- diagnostic evaluation, counseling and psychotherapy, group therapy, referral, and advocacy;
- developmental, preventative, and restorative counseling;
- experiential workshops on essential life skills (i.e., assertiveness, stress management, study skills, relationships, sleep hygiene, etc.); and
- consultation, education, and training services to campus leaders, campus groups, and the University community.
The staff of Student Counseling seeks to promote human welfare. Consistent with this principle, we believe that every person should be treated with dignity and respect. We value acceptance and appreciation for all differences among people including those of race, gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, national origin, functional ability, socio-economic status, age, religious or spiritual identification, and other characteristics that comprise identity. We strive to provide respectful treatment to students of any background. We believe that valuing cultural diversity facilitates human growth and development and enhances the quality of life on campus and in our community. Therefore, we are committed to enhancing the awareness and understanding of cultural diversity, incorporating this philosophy into our professional activities and clinical services.
If you are a victim of sexual/gender orientation discrimination or sexual assault, you can talk to one of our counselors about your options to keep safe and the choice of filing a Title IX complaint.