Rights and Responsibilities

Making the Most of Student Health and Counseling Services

1.  You have the right to receive consultation and treatment in a timely fashion which is commensurate with your symptoms. 

Your corresponding responsibility is to be proactive about contacting Student Health and Counseling Services (SHACS) when you start to feel badly, rather than waiting until your need is urgent.  You are also responsible for either attending or cancelling your scheduled appointments here.  

2.  You have the right to be fully informed regarding your health and mental health care. 

Your corresponding responsibility is to be honest and accurate in communicating with SHACS staff; to ask questions; and to be an active collaborator in exploring and implementing treatment recommendations.  You are also responsible for either following through on treatment recommendations or for letting your nurse/counselor know why you are unable or unwilling to do so. 

3.  You have the right to refuse any recommended treatment and to request a second opinion. 

Your corresponding responsibility is to communicate with your nurse/counselor regarding your reactions to treatment and to treatment recommendations. 

4. You have the right to confidentiality. 

Your corresponding responsibility is to understand the limits to confidentiality and to ask questions if you do not.  It is also your responsibility to recognize the confidentiality rights of any other students you see at SHACS.