CAPS Confidentiality Policy

Illinois State confidentiality and privacy laws for mental health legislate the strictest enforcement of client-therapist confidentiality. These laws are congruent with professional ethical standards. CAPS records are strictly confidential. Use of CAPS is in no way indicated on the student's academic transcript. CAPS records are kept separately from the student's medical records. No one outside of CAPS may receive information about a student's counseling without the student's written permission except under rare circumstances related to safety and welfare, or where regulated by law. .

If faculty, administrators, or parents wish to speak with a CAPS therapist about a student who is receiving counseling, they may ask the student to complete a Release of Information Form at the CAPS office. The Release of Information Form allows CAPS staff to acknowledge to the designated person(s) that the student has been seen at CAPS. CAPS staff is permitted to receive information from staff, faculty, and concerned others but cannot provide information unless written consent has been provided by the student or, in rare circumstances related to safety and welfare, as regulated by law.