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John Jay College Statement of Confidentiality

Federal and State laws prohibit the disclosure of any information you provide us, unless we have your prior written consent. For example, if a family member, a professor, or anyone else should inquire about the services you receive from the John Jay Counseling Department, we would not disclose any information without your written permission. However, there are a few exceptions to the rules of confidentiality, as follows:

•If your counselor believes that you are in a clear and imminent danger or self-harm, your counselor is legally obligated to inform the proper authorities and others to prevent the harm from occurring.

•If your counselor believes you are placing someone else in clear and imminent danger, the counselor is legally obligated to inform the proper authorities and others to prevent the harm from occurring.

•If you provide information that abuse or neglect of a child (under 18), elder person, or other vulnerable adult, your counselor is required to notify the proper authorities.

•In rare cases the court may order your counselor to disclose information about you pertaining to the legal matter.

•If you are under 17 ½ years old, your parents or legal guardian may have access to your counseling records.

If you believe that your treatment has been mismanaged or your privacy breached in any way, please discuss this with your counselor directly. You may also discuss any concerns you have with the Director of the Department of Counseling.