The Vanguard University Counseling Center (VUCC) follows the guidelines set forth by professional ethics and California state law, which states, “any information shared in the context of professional counseling is considered confidential, and generally cannot be disclosed to anyone outside” of VUCC, with the following exceptions:
- You, as the client, give written permission for the sharing of information.
- Your counselor has reason to believe that you are a danger of harming or killing yourself, or that you are gravely disabled. In these cases, others who could assist in assuring your safety would be notified.
- Your counselor has reason to believe that you are in danger of harming another person or the property of another person. In this case the police, Department of Campus Public Safety and the person in danger would be notified.
- Your counselor is informed of or suspects child abuse, elder abuse, or dependant adult abuse. If you are under the age of 18 and report that you have been abused, the counselors at the VUCC are required by law to report this information to the appropriate child protection agency. California law also mandates reporting child abuse if you are over the age of 18 and claim to have been abused, and you inform your counselor that the abuser currently has contact with children under the age of 18.
- Some of the counseling staff at VUCC are unlicensed, supervised counselors. These counselors meet weekly with a clinical supervisor employed by Vanguard University to discuss their cases.
- We may be required to surrender our confidential records if they are subpoenaed. If the records are subpoenaed, we make a reasonable attempt to contact you prior to releasing records.