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.
We will acknowledge that a student has been seen to faculty, deans or parents if authorized by the patient in their medical record. We will not provide additional or specific details without first discussing and getting approval from the patient. Verbal consent may be acceptable under certain conditions.
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 check the AUTHORIZATION statement on the Medical History form via the health portal. 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.
The Student Health Center provides verification of office visit upon request at time of illness/injury.
We would like to remind students, faculty and staff that the student health center does not provide "medical excuses" for missed classes and examinations. Exceptions include a serious illness, contagious nature of illness, need for bed rest or limited activity. If recommended, this will be recorded on the verification note.
Every undergraduate student has a confidential health record that is maintained by the Student Health Center and is accessible during your undergraduate years and is kept on file for seven (7) years beyond the date of graduation or departure from the University.
If you are requesting medical records please call 1-570-208-5852 or fax to 570-208-8394.
Your request should contain the following information:
- 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.