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Email: hr@wju.edu
Phone: 1-304-243-8152


Counseling: Risk Management


Date approved:
August 2013
Approved by:
Director of Human Resources
Date to be reviewed:
August 2014
Reviewed by:
Compliance Coordinator/Team
Date revised:
August 2013
Revision number:
1.1
 
Compliance Committee:
As Scheduled

1.0 PURPOSE

To ensure safety of the individuals of the community.

2.0 POLICY STATEMENT

2.1 Risk Management

Risk Management matters will supersede all other legal parameters of confidentiality.

2.2 Definition

'Risk Management' - The relaying of information pertaining to the potential risk of injury to self or others to the university's administration for threat assessment.

2.2 Procedures

Excerpt from the Informed Consent and Authorization for Treatment: Notice of privacy Practices that all service recipients are required to sign prior to service delivery:

'If we, or you, want to use or disclose (send, share, release) your information for any other purposes, we will discuss this with you and ask you to sign an Authorization form. Of course we will keep your health information private, but there are some times when the laws require us to use or share it. For example:

  1. When there is serious threat to your health and safety or the health and safety of another individual or the public. We will only share information with a person or organization that is able to help prevent or reduce the threat. The WJU Student Counseling Services adheres to legal and ethical standards, which require that all client information be held in confidence. Information disclosed during counseling sessions will not be released to anyone outside of the WJU Student Counseling Service without written permission except where disclosure is required by (i.e., suspicion of abuse of children, campus community risk or threat), where the client poses a serious threat of violence to another, or where the client is likely to harm him/herself unless protective measures are taken. Due to the propensity and occurrence of violence on university campuses the counselors at WJU Student Counseling Services actively participate in the campus risk management processes that address threats and risks to the community at large and to individuals in particular. Ethical participation in these processes is of highest priority to the safety of the campus. For such processes to be effective risk management discussions are based on 'need to know' disclosures inclusive of information disclosed in the counseling processes. The emphasis on 'need to know' is essential for the students receiving counseling services in these confidential processes. In the case of 'mandated counseling assessment' the counselors will provide required information to the administration of the university to ensure safety, compliance and advocacy for you as a recipient of the service. 'Mandated' counseling assessments generally occur after a pattern of risk has been established by the student. Please refer to the Student Handbook or consult with the Director of Residence Life for further explanation of this Student Conduct process.
  2. In the event of an emergency, your case may be referred to another licensed/license-eligible professional counselor with the WJU Student Counseling services to provide continuity of care
  3. Some lawsuits and legal or court proceedings
  4. If a law enforcement official requires us to do so  

3.0 AUTHORIZATION  

The Director of Human Resources has the authority to change, modify or aghapprove exceptions to this policy at any time with or without notice and with the approval of the University President.

4.0 ATTACHMENTS

 



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