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Santa Monica College|Student Services|Psychological Services|Confidentiality


As an essential aspect of our efforts to provide an environment where students are free to seek help, the center maintains the strictest standards of privacy and confidentiality.  In adherence to the laws of California and the Board of Psychology, counseling/psychotherapy records are kept separate from all academic, administrative, disciplinary and medical records.

All information disclosed within sessions is confidential and may not be revealed to anyone outside of Psychological Services without written permission from the student, except where disclosure is required by law (e.g., where there is a reasonable suspicion of abuse of children, elderly persons, or dependent adults; where the client presents a serious danger of violence to another person; or where the client is likely to harm herself or himself unless protective measures are taken). This includes inquiries as to whether the student came in for an appointment.  The desired information can best be obtained directly from the student. We also encourage students to let the referring faculty/staff member know that he/she kept an appointment. Students are not bound by the promise of confidentiality and are therefore free to disclose any information they wish to share.