The services provided at the Cleveland State University Counseling Center are completely confidential (with a few exceptions, discussed below). This means that the counseling center does not provide information about you or your work with the counseling center to parents/legal guardians, faculty, staff, or anyone else unless you sign a release of information permitting the exchange of information with others outside of the counseling center.
As noted above, there are a few exceptions to confidentiality. The counseling center may be legally bound to break confidentiality:
- if you are at imminent risk to seriously harm or kill yourself or someone else
- if you report current, ongoing abuse/neglect of an individual within a vulnerable population (such as children, elderly individuals, individuals with developmental disabilities, etc.) by you or anyone else
- if we are mandated by a court of law to release your records; in this case, the counseling center will attempt to make you aware of the court mandate
- if you are under 18 years of age; in this case, your parent/legal guardian may have access to your records at the counseling center