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Northwest Missouri State University

Confidentiality Statement

Personal Development and Counseling Services maintains a professional commitment to protect your right to confidentiality. Counseling often involves the disclosure of sensitive personal information. Any information you share with PDC staff members is protected by professional ethics and state law. The records maintained by the counseling staff are not part of your academic record.

No information will be released about you except under the following circumstances:

  1. Imminent threat to harm self or others
  2. Child or elder abuse
  3. Written release from you
  4. Court ordered subpoena - under this circumstance, every effort will be made to obtain your permission as well.

If you are under the age of eighteen (18), the staff will work with your guardian(s) to obtain majority status for you in regard to client confidentiality.
If you are 18 years of age or older, you are no longer considered a minor. Therefore, your records will be kept confidential, and we will not speak about you with anyone else, without your written permission, unless we're concerned that you present a psychological or physical danger to yourself or others, in cases of child/elder abuse or neglect, or in the rare instances when a court of law could subpoena Personal Development and Counseling Center records.

If you have questions or concerns, you are encouraged to discuss them with a staff member.