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Confidentiality Statement

Privacy of your health information is one of our top priorities. Other than as described in Exceptions to Confidentiality, no one  outside of health services staff will have access to your medical information including parents, faculty, student life staff, other students, or school administration without a student's explicit, written permission.To maintain continuity of care, sall Health Services personnel will have access to your medical record. If you are referred to a medical provider outside of Health Services, medical information regarding the specific referral  will be shared with the outside provider.  Basic medical inormation will be shared with insurance companies to facilitate billing. If the student and provider deem it necessary to share medical information  with someone outside of Health Services, this includes Counseling Services, a student will be asked to sign an authorization form to release the information. Voide mail and email communications to students will not include personal health information to maintain privacy.

Exceptions to Confidentiality
There are some exceptions to confidentiality. In situations in which there is evidence of a threat to oneself or another, the medical staff is required to take action/disclose information to protect the person at the risk of harm. When there is information about, or strong suspicions of physical or sexual abuse or neglect of a minor, this must be reported to the Department of Social Services. In certain legal situations, including court order, a medical provider may be required to disclose information. In addition, any time a student is admitted to the Emergency Room, the medical staff will contact the student's parents. This is a policy of Bard College at Simon's Rock and is in the student handbook.