Confidentiality

Confidentiality

All information contained in a student's health record is kept in a confidential medical file and cannot be released without the student's consent.

In the following cases the law does allow confidentiality to be broken.

  • If a suicide or homicide is threatened
  • If you are hospitalized following an emergency
  • In the event of a life-threatening illness

Parents/guardians are also reminded that, by legal definition, a person aged 18 or over is an adult and the Student Health Center cannot require the student to receive medical treatment, discuss any acute medical problems, or release medical information without the student's consent.

Notification of Family and Professors of Illness or Absences

Patient Visits:

We will either acknowledge that a patient has been seen or not seen if that information is requested by faculty, deans, parents, unless the patient specifically requests in writing that we not provide that information. We will not provide any additional information about the visit without the written consent of the patient. Verbal consent may be acceptable under certain conditions.

Notification:

We may use or disclose information to notify or assist in notifying a family member, in case of emergency. The law requires health care provider break confidentiality under certain circumstances which include a patient endangering themselves or others.

Communication with Family:

Only with the patients consent, the health professional may disclose to a family member, other relative, close personal friend or any other person the patient identifies, health information relevant to that person's involvement with the patient's care or payment related to care.

If the parent /guardian feels it is important to have information regarding the medical care the student receives, the student must sign the Permission for Release of Medical Information section on the student Health Form. The student reserves the right to change the consent at any time.

Communication with Faculty:

The Student Health Center will not give a student permission to miss class except for occasions when an office visit involves a serious illness, contagion or a recommendation for bed rest or limited activity. It will be up to the faculty to decide if the illness warrants missing a class or exam. It is recommended that faculty advise students of this policy at the beginning of each semester.

Students are responsible for notifying family and/or faculty of illnesses.  In the event of a serious emergency or life threatening illness, the Associate Dean of Student Affairs will be notified and all efforts will be made to inform family & faculty if the student is unable to do so him/herself.  

Medical Excuse Policy

The Student Health Center does not issue written excuses.

We would like to remind students, faculty and staff that the student health center does not provide medical excuses for missed classes and examinations. We encourage all students to explain to their instructors if they have been ill and missed class, exams or assignments. If the instructor requires confirmation, he/she can call student health at 5852 to confirm that the student was seen in the clinic. All medical records are confidential and no medical information will be released without patient consent.

Request Medical Records

If you requesting medical records please e-mail your request to damccull@kings.edu or fax to 570-208-5988.

Your request should contain the following information:

  • Name
  • Date of Birth
  • Date of graduation transfer or withdrawal
  • Address where information should be sent
  • Telephone number where you can be reached

Please state exactly the information you need.

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