Some straightforward things about confidentiality; your presence and participation in the Alcohol / Drug / Nicotine Counseling and Assistance program is safeguarded in that:
- Information is not released to family and/or friends;
- Information is not released to any other part of the Rutgers community (i.e., faculty, staff, etc.).
- If anyone calls us about you, we will not acknowledge your presence in the program.
- All of the above holds true, unless you give us permission to release information.
The following explains this more thoroughly.
Confidentiality is a professionally and legally complex issue, not subject to a thorough explanation in a few sentences. Information that a student shares with his/her services provider in the course of a meeting will be treated as confidential material. Treating information confidentially means not releasing it to anyone outside the agency without the student's permission, including Rutgers University personnel. Under certain, special circumstances, however, information may be released without the student's permission. The main -- although not the only -- exceptions to confidentiality arise in situations involving:
danger to self or others
court orders or subpoena of records
child abuse or neglect
Students are encouraged to discuss any concerns they have about confidentiality with their provider of services.
Use of E-mail as a Form of Communication:
To help ensure privacy, students are encouraged not to send information to the Rutgers-Camden Student Wellness Center via e-mail.