Individual counseling services and records are confidential, meaning that we cannot share any of your personal information outside of the CCC without your knowledge and written permission. This includes all VMI officials, faculty, and staff outside the CCC, parents, relatives, guardians, friends, and other cadets. Our staff respects your privacy, takes confidentiality very seriously, and adheres to the strictest professional, ethical, and legal guidelines regarding your privacy. We believe that counseling works best when you feel that you can be open and honest.
There are a few, very certain conditions where exceptions to confidentiality may occur – where we may be required to reveal some of your personal information in accordance with federal, state, or local laws. These situations include when:
We believe that there is a substantial likelihood that a cadet will cause serious physical harm to her/himself or another person unless protective measures are taken. In these cases, Virginia law mandates that the parents of dependent cadets must be notified of the situation.
We have reasonable cause to believe that a child is being abused or neglected or an aged or incapacitated adult is being subject to abuse, neglect, or exploitation.
We receive a court order upon good cause shown or in compliance with a subpoena.
We are approached by authorized federal officials for information related to national security and intelligence activities. By law, we may not be able to reveal to the cadet when we have disclosed such information to the government.
We need to seek legal advice from VMI’s Policy & Legal Affairs Advisor.
The parents of a minor (i.e., a cadet who is under the age of 18) request information.
In addition, mandated substance abuse assessments are not confidential. For more information about this, please call our office at 540.464.7667.