The Muhlenberg College Health Services policy on confidentiality is designed to ensure a student's right to privacy. The student is responsible for notifying his or her parents or guardian regarding a health problem. A member of the college staff may notify parents in the event of an extreme emergency. The policy is designed to maintain the confidentiality necessary for a young adult, yet recognizes the need for parents and guardians to be adequately informed.
Parents may have questions about their child's health status. Medical information will not be released without the written consent of the student. Our staff will assist with general questions; however, principles of patient confidentiality will not be violated.
Additional Information on Confidentiality
Health and Counseling Services at Muhlenberg College is governed by legal and ethical standards of confidentiality. Any and all participation at Health and Counseling Services is strictly confidential. Any student wishing information to be released to parents, faculty, administration, etc., must sign a release of information indicating this intent.
Furthermore, your counseling records are separate from your academic or administrative records at the College. There are legal limits to confidentiality such as:
- Evidence of clear and imminent danger of harm to self or others may require your counselor to report this information to the authorities in an effort to ensure the safety of yourself or others
- Pennsylvania state law requires the mandatory and immediate reporting of any information pertaining to the possible physical or sexual abuse of any person under 18 years of age or in the case of elder abuse. Abuse to a person who was under the age of 18 at the time of abuse, but who is now over the age of 18 may prompt mandatory reporting depending on the situation.
- A court order, issued by a judge, may require the releasing of information contained in our records or may require a counselor to testify in a court hearing. [This exception does not include judicial hearings held within the College.]