Health and Counseling Center: Rights and Responsibilities

You have a right to:

  • Humane care and treatment. You will be treated with respect, consideration, and dignity regardless of your race, age, beliefs, sexual orientation, and/or lifestyle.
  • Accurate information concerning your diagnosis, treatment and prognosis of an illness or health related condition.
  • All communications and records related to care received in the Health and Counseling Center are confidential and will be released to individuals outside of HCC only with signed consent to do so except as required by state law in situations when limited disclosure is necessary to protect life or to protect the community. The situations specified by Indiana State law are: child abuse, abuse of the elderly, immediate risk of harm to self or others, the reporting of communicable diseases to the Health Department, and data subpoenaed by a court of law.
  • Participate fully in decisions which are made regarding your health care and treatment, whenever possible.
  • Competent treatment from qualified professionals.
  • A second opinion regarding diagnosis and treatment, upon request.
  • Information regarding scope, availability, and fees of service.
  • Choose a specific provider, if schedule allows.
  • Information about any educational or research aspect of your care and the right to refuse to participate.  Such refusal will not jeopardize your access to medical care and treatment.

Your responsibilities include:

  • Providing complete information about your illness and problems to allow proper evaluation and treatment.
  • Asking questions to ensure appropriate comprehension of your illness or problem, as well as the provider’s recommendations for continuing care. If you find the care or course of treatment unacceptable for any reason, it should be discussed with the staff and/or the Director of the Health and Counseling Center.
  • Showing courtesy and respect to HCC personnel and other clients.
  • Following the course of treatment prescribed to you by the medical staff, including taking medications as directed and not sharing your medications with others.
  • Fulfilling financial obligations for your care, both to HCC and any off-campus referrals, in a timely manner.
  • Communicating with your healthcare provider if your condition worsens or does not respond to treatment.
  • Arriving as scheduled for appointments, and canceling in advance of appointments you no longer want or need.
  • Communicating with faculty to make up class work missed due to illness.

Saint Mary's College Health and Counseling Center reserves the right to refuse treatment to any student who abuses his or her rights and privileges.