As a student receiving counseling services, you have a right to privacy and confidentiality. However:
- A counselor may release confidential information if you have given written consent to do so.
- A counselor may release confidential information if a client is a danger to him or herself, or presents a danger to others.
- A counselor must report any knowledge of abuse or neglect of a child or elderly person or a disabled person.
- A court of law or judge may require a counselor to produce confidential information (a very rare occurrence).
Counseling records never become a part of a student's transcript or college record. All records are kept in the Counseling Services office in locked files.
Counseling is conducted face-to-face, not through email. The privacy of email cannot be assured, therefore we encourage you not to communicate with our office using this method.
Although we check our email often, we make no promise concerning when or how often email is read. You have no way of knowing whether the recipient is unavailable due to vacation, illness or other reason. Therefore, your message may not be received and read promptly.
We recommend that you call the office at 413.662.5331 to set up an appointment or to speak with a counselor rather than attempt to contact us through email.