Student Services Student Counseling Center

Confidentiality

The Student Counseling Center offers many services to USD undergraduate students, graduate students, international students, professional students, faculty and staff.

An important legal, ethical, and clinical responsibility to our clients is confidentiality. The policy of confidentiality applies to all activities related to a client. Confidentiality of mental health and AOD (alcohol and other drug) records within the university setting are covered and protected by university policies, federal and state laws, and professional ethics.

This means even your attendance in counseling is kept private and confidential. No record of a student's visit to SCC is placed on a transcript or academic record.

State and Federal law specifies that there are four exceptions to this general rule:

  1. You may request (by means of a signed release) that your counselor reveal information to other individuals or agencies of your choice;
  2. In instances where there is immediate danger of serious harm to yourself or others;
  3. In cases involving physical and/or sexual abuse of children or endangered adults; and
  4. When requested by subpoena or mandated by court order or state/federal law.

Confidential Services: