Confidentiality is a professionally and legally complex issue, not subject to a thorough explanation in a few sentences. Information that a student shares with his/her services provider in the course of a meeting will be treated as confidential material. Treating information confidentially means not releasing it to anyone outside the agency without the student's permission, including Rutgers University personnel. Under certain, special circumstances, however, information may be released without the student's permission. The main -- although not the only -- exceptions to confidentiality arise in situations involving:
- court orders or subpoena of records
- danger to self or others
- child abuse or neglect
Students are encouraged to discuss any concerns they have about confidentiality with their provider of services.
Use of E-mail as a Form of Communication:
To help ensure privacy, students are encouraged not to send information to Rutgers University Student Health Services via e-mail.