The Student Counseling Center offers many services to USD undergraduate, graduate, international and professional students, as well as 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:
- You may request (by means of a signed release) that your counselor reveal information to other individuals or agencies of your choice;
- In instances where there is immediate danger of serious harm to yourself or others;
- In cases involving physical and/or sexual abuse of children or endangered adults; and
- When requested by subpoena or mandated by court order or state/federal law.
- You may obtain services on a confidential basis by calling our office at 605-658-3580
- FERPA Privacy Info - USD Info
- Public Health Privacy Info - 45 CFR Parts 160, 162, & 164
- Public Health Privacy Info - 42 CFR Part 2
- Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPPA) Privacy Info