Confidentiality and E-mail Policy
The Intervention and Prevention Program and Counseling Services maintain records as regulated by the State of Michigan Mental Health Code. Maintenance of records is in accordance with professional, legal, and ethical guidelines. Other than authorized CS staff, no one has access to those records unless students release them in writing. They do not become part of academic files, and even the fact that students have come to the CS is not divulged to anyone without their permission. Your conversations with your counselor, your records, and the results of psychological tests are treated strictly confidential within CS. If you want any of this information shared with any person outside of CS, you must sign a release of information allowing us to do so. Since your Counseling Services records are not part of your academic or administrative records, they are only available to you and the CS staff.
There are some exceptions to this policy of which you should be aware. Counselors may have to disclose information if there is a danger that you may harm yourself or another person. Counselors are also required by law to report suspected abuse or neglect of vulnerable persons, including children and the elderly. Records may have to be released if they are subpoenaed in a court of law. If students have any questions about these policies, they should discuss them with the Director of Counseling Services.
We welcome your interest and contact. We also value your privacy. Please consider the following information prior to sending us e-mail:
E-mail is not an appropriate medium for individual questions regarding personal counseling. It is most appropriate for requesting general information regarding services, resources, or other campus information. Our staff does not respond to inquiries from our clients regarding specific counseling issues. Confidentiality is essential to the counseling process and cannot be assured with e-mail. We cannot guarantee that the contents of an e-mail message will remain confidential. While we will do our best to keep your communication private, e-mail usage can be monitored and others may read the content of your personal messages.
Staff access to e-mail is also limited to Counseling Services work hours. There is no expectation that CS staff will check e-mail after hours. Also, you have no way of knowing if a specific staff member is unavailable due to illness, vacation, or other reasons. This means that your message may not be read immediately. E-mail should never be used for urgent communication of any sort. If time is of particular concern for you, please always call the CS office.
Schedule an Appointment
To schedule an appointment, stop by the reception desk for CS located at 616 Michigan Avenue. If this is not possible, you may call 629-0236 to schedule an appointment on the telephone.
If you have any special needs or if you have difficulty accessing services at the Counseling Services Office, please give us a call and we will make arrangements to meet with you at another location on campus.
You will be asked to complete a confidential intake form (below) and then you will be scheduled for an initial assessment interview.
Albion College Counseling Services Intake Form
Albion College Counseling Services Intake Form
During this first session, you and your counselor will determine how to best meet your individual needs. Counseling assignments are made on the basis of the immediacy of need and service availability. When a student must be seen immediately, his/her assignment to a counselor is given priority. The availability of counseling services is somewhat limited. This means there may be a wait before you begin regular counseling sessions. If you have any questions about your counselor, please discuss them during your assessment session.</p
Confidentiality of Medical Records
Health care records are maintained in files separate from the student's academic files and cannot be accessed by faculty, staff, administration, parents or other students.
Protected Health Information housed in Student Health Services is completely confidential. Students must sign a written authorization to release Protected Health Information to anyone, including faculty and family members. Protected Health Information may also be released for medical treatment, medical services, and as required by law.
Student Health Services welcomes your interest and contact. We also value your privacy. Please consider the following information prior to sending e-mail:
E-mail is not an appropriate medium for questions regarding individual, private, personal health. It is most appropriate for getting general information regarding services, resources or other campus information. We cannot guarantee that the contents of an e-mail message will remain confidential. While we will do our best to keep communication private, e-mail usage can be monitored and others may read the content of your personal messages.
Staff access to e-mail is also limited to Student Health Services work hours. There is no expectation that SHS staff will check e-mail after hours. Also, there is no way of knowing if a specific staff member is unavailable due to illness, vacation, or other business. This means that your message may not be read immediately. E-mail should never be used for urgent communication. When time is of particular concern for you, please always call Student Health Services at 629-0220.
General Medical Care
Student Health Services provides complete outpatient health care, with appropriate referrals to specialists as needed. Visits to Student Health Services and with the college physician are free. Occasionally there is a small charge for supplies or medication. Full laboratory testing and x-ray is available in cooperation with Regional Medical Labs and Oaklawn Hospital.
Allergy Shots and Immunizations
Allergy shots are given during Physician Hours only. Students must provide their allergy serum.
- Tetanus/Diphtheria----10 year immunity
- TB Skin Test
- Hepatitis B ----3 Injection Series--Lifetime immunity
- Hepatitis A ----2 Injection Series--Lifetime immunity
- Meningitis ----lifetime immunity
- Typhoid ----2 year immunity
- Yellow Fever----10 year immunity
- Flu Shots----seasonal, yearly
Costs of immunizations are subject to change. Please call Student Health Services to check on current prices.
Routine gynecological examinations are provided, including pap smears and contraception information. Consultations and prescriptions are also provided. Pregnancy testing is available at Student Health Services for $5.
Suture repair of lacerations, removal of foreign bodies, biopsies, etc. are provided during Physician Hours.
When further evaluation of an illness or injury is deemed necessary by the college physician or at the student's request, a specialist's consultation shall be formally requested (i.e. ENT, Ophthalmology, Gynecology, Dermatology, Orthopedics, etc.).