We greatly respect your right to privacy especially regarding information you share about your disability. Safeguarding the privacy of your personal information is an ethical obligation to you which all members of our department take very seriously. We also believe you should fully understand the limitations of confidentiality in order for you to make an informed decision regarding what you disclose.
Counselling and Accessibility Services at Red River College provides confidential and voluntary service to current and prospective students. A student’s discussions with a counsellor are confidential. Information will not be shared with instructors or any person outside of Red River College without the student’s prior knowledge and written consent. However, there are limited circumstances where the law requires disclosure. These instances include child abuse, medical emergencies, and danger to public safety, or threats of violence or harm to oneself or others. It is also possible for counselling records to be subpoenaed by the court.
For the purpose of providing students with the best possible help and support, referrals may be made to other support resources within Student Support Services. In entering a counselling relationship with Student Support Services, they may pass along necessary information relevant only for referral purposes with Exam Accommodations and Assistive Technology, The Academic Success Centre, Assessment Services, and Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services. Student Support Services may also consult with his or her supervisor for the express purpose of assisting the student better. Referrals may also be made to external resources if long term therapy or additional supports may benefit the student. These referrals would be discussed with the student and made only with signed consent by the student.
This information will be reviewed at the first counselling appointment.