Services provided in counseling sessions are confidential.
The ethical guidelines of the American Psychological Association
and the laws of the State of Ohio guide the services offered
by our counseling staff. This means that when you voluntarily
seek the services of the MVNU counseling staff, all information
is private and will not be shared with anyone without your permission.
1) When there is risk or harm to the student or another person,
counselors have a legal and ethical duty to do whatever is necessary
to protect life.
2) In very rare cases, when a court of law orders a counselor
to release information, the counselor is bound by law to comply
with such an order. Your counselor will inform you of his/her
need to take such actions before they are initiated.
3) If you are under 18 years of age, the counselor is obligated
by law to report suspicion of physical or sexual abuse or risk
of such abuse.
4) If you are under legal age (18), the counseling staff will
not contact your parents, but by law, your parents can request
information from your file. [Note: Exception #1 above still applies.]
If you have further questions about confidentiality, please
call the Counseling and Career Center at ext. 4610.