All records are confidential. In accordance with Tennessee law, all communication between students and their counselors are privileged to the same degree that communication between an attorney and client is privileged. No records or information will be disclosed to third parties unless written authorization is given by the student. State law provides three exceptions to the privileged communication:
Disclosure is ordered by the court.
There is a clear risk of imminent harm to self or others.
The student gives a report of child or elder abuse.
In these three circumstances, disclosure by the counselor is mandated.
Additionally, if the students is referred for counseling as a result of violating the alcohol and other drug policy, the referring official will be notified when the student either successfully completes treatment or fails to complete treatment.
Note: Counseling records are NOT part of a student's academic or administrative records.