Confidentiality

Communication between TAMUCC students and our counselors in a counseling session or consultation is confidential. Counseling Center records are kept strictly confidential to the extent protected by law and professional ethics and are not a part of the student’s university record. Counseling records and information are not released without the student’s written permission except under certain legal conditions. No record of counseling will be made on academic transcripts or in job placement files. All staff members subscribe to the ethical guidelines and state licensing boards governing psychologist, LPC, LMFT, LCSW, LCDC, and MD licenses. Our staff will advise you of any legal limits to confidentiality and will answer your questions about confidentiality.

You have the right to know that there are exceptions to confidentiality. These situations include the following:

  • When there is the risk of imminent harm to themselves or another person, counselors have a legal and ethical duty to do whatever is necessary to protect life. If your counselor believes that you present a clear and imminent risk of harm or danger to yourself or others, your counselor may make disclosures that he/she considers necessary to protect you or other persons from harm. (These may include but are not limited to sharing information with medical personnel, law enforcement professionals, and contacting your parents/spouse/emergency contact).
  • If during the course of counseling, you disclose any information pertaining to the physical, emotional or sexual abuse or neglect of a minor or an elderly or disabled person, under Texas state law, your counselor must report this information to the proper authorities. For more information about these legal statutes, speak to your counselor or review the Texas Statute Family Code (Title 5, Chapter 261) and Texas Statute Human Resource Code (Title 2, Chapter 48).
  • A court-ordered subpoena can also require the Counseling Center to release information contained in records or require a counselor to testify in a court hearing.
  • Therapists are required by law to report incidences of sexual misconduct on the part of other therapists.
  • In accordance with state law (Senate Bill 212), as of January 1, 2020, a clinician or staff member at the University Counseling Center who becomes aware of an incident of sexual harassment, sexual assault, dating violence, or stalking, must report to the TAMUCC Title IX Office that an incident has occurred. The law limits UCC disclosure to reporting only the type of incident of sexual harassment, sexual assault, dating violence, or stalking that has occurred. Neither the UCC, nor any of its employees are permitted to report any other information about the incident. Therefore, we will not share your name or any other identifying information about you, any details you shared with your clinician about the incident, or any other information about the situation you revealed. Please speak with your counselor if you have questions or you may also request contact with the Clinical Director at the UCC for clarification.