The Counseling Center is committed to promoting and affirming diversity. We acknowledge the negative impact of all forms of discrimination, including but not limited to those based on age, country of origin, ethnicity, gender, physical and mental ability, race, religion, sexual orientation, and socioeconomic status. We strive to support students so they can thrive and succeed while at Colgate.
In addition, we work toward improving the culture and climate to affirm diversity. We seek to develop a space where difference is recognized and valued. As a staff, we are committed to fostering multicultural competency, examining our personal assumptions regarding diversity and how they impact our interactions with others.
All Colgate students are eligible to use the resources of The Counseling Center free of charge. Members of the faculty and staff are encouraged to use Colgate’s Employee Assistance Program (EAP) provided by Family Services Associates, 10 Eaton St., Hamilton. EAP’s phone number is 315-451-2161. The first six visits are free. Please call Human Resources for more details.
Counseling sessions are strictly confidential. Your privacy is very important to us and, thus, the Counseling Center adheres to state laws and ethical standards, which require that all client information be held in confidence. Except in emergency circumstances, no one outside of the Counseling Center is given any information—even the fact that you have had an appointment — without your consent. There are a few rare exceptions to confidentiality, as follows:
- Abuse of children: If a staff member has reason to believe that a child under the age of 18 is being abused or neglected
- Imminent harm to self/others: If a staff member has reason to believe that you are in danger of physically harming yourself or someone else
- Age limitation: If you are under 18 we cannot guarantee you confidentiality. If contacted by your parents, we would have to answer their questions in regard to your treatment.
- Security clearance/certification: If you apply for state licensure or certification in some professional fields or apply for a job requiring security clearance
- Third-party payment/insurance: If you are referred for other services for which you might need insurance coverage
- Court orders: When ordered by a court of law
Our guiding principle is to respect a student’s right to confidentiality. Trust is an essential aspect of effective therapy. We will exert our greatest effort to ensure the respect and confidentiality of our clients.
A student’s medical records at the Student Health Center are confidential, and information from them is only released with the student’s request and written permission. Medical records are kept for seven years (immunization records for 10) following graduation and then are destroyed.