How do colleges handle confidentiality when counseling students?
Confidentiality is a critical aspect of mental health services on campus, and most colleges and universities take steps to protect students' privacy. Mental health professionals on campus are bound by strict ethical and legal standards that require them to maintain the confidentiality of their client's information. All information shared during therapy sessions, including personal details and concerns, is kept strictly confidential and isn’t shared with anyone without the student's written consent. There are some exceptions to this rule, such as when a student poses a threat to themselves or others or the therapist is required by law to disclose information.