Columbia Health adheres to strict standards of confidentiality regarding information about health care services rendered, conditions or any other privileged information to which Columbia Health has access.

Counseling and Psychological Services and Medical Services

Strict standards of confidentiality are maintained in our clinical services. Within Counseling and Psychological Services and Medical Services, clinicians work as a team and consult with one another, as needed. When necessary to insure the quality and coordination of health care, there may also be communication between the two clinical services and other divisions of Columbia Health.

Each clinical service maintains secure and private treatment records. These records are not part of students’ educational records and are not available to students’ deans or faculty. To further protect the privacy of students, we require students' written consent (PDF) to release information about their care.

There are rare exceptions to the right to privacy and to the confidentiality practices described above, such as in situations that pose a threat to life or in which there is reason to believe a child is being abused. If you have questions regarding our confidentiality policies, please contact us:
  • In Counseling and Psychological Services, questions may be directed to the Assistant Director for Operations, Sara Berger at (212) 854-3101.
  • In Medical Services, questions may be directed to the Assistant Director of Patient Services, Rosagna Rubiano at (212) 854-7426.

For more information about patients' rights, download the Patient Bill of Rights (PDF).

Disability Services

What is your policy on confidentiality?

The Family Educational Rights Privacy Act (FERPA) regulates disclosure of disability documentation and records maintained by Disability Services. Under this federal act, prior written consent by the student is required before Disability Services may release disability documentation or records, except under very specific circumstances.

If I register with Disability Services, will it show up on my permanent record or transcript?

No. Neither your registration with Disability Services nor approval for accommodations is indicated in any way on your Columbia transcript.  


Last updated April 04, 2014