University of Vermont


For Families

Confidentiality of Care

The Center for Health & Wellbeing holds the care of students in STRICT CONFIDENCE.

As professionals, our staff are expected to consult with one another, as necessary, to insure that UVM students receive the highest possible quality of care.

However, by law—and by the ethical standards embraced by our staff in the counseling and medical professions—we are not permitted to release information about a student's care to anyone outside of the Center for Health & Wellbeing without that student's explicit permission.

Specifically, we will not release information about the facts or nature of a student's care to University officials, faculty, family, friends or roommates without this permission; a copy of medical or counseling records is available only after we receive a written request signed by the student.

We break this seal of confidentiality only under one of these rare circumstances:

  • When the student has a very serious mental or physical health problem and is unable to assume responsibility for notifying others.
  • When the student's life or that of another is in danger.
  • When we are presented with a valid court order requiring us to release records.

If you have any questions about how we respect the privacy of our students, please contact Dr. Jon Porter, Director of the Center for Health & Wellbeing at 802-656-0844 or Dr. Todd Weinman, Director of Counseling and Psychiatry Services at 802-656-3340.

Last modified January 06 2014 05:47 PM