Confidentiality and Privacy Statement
Please be assure your privacy is our utmost concern.
Federal law requires health care providers to define and improve the methods used to safeguard private medical information. If you have visited your private physician or used a local hospital or clinic, you have received specific information as to how the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) privacy rules are to be applied.
The HIPAA rules and regulations do not apply to students receiving services at the Shasta College Student Health & Wellness office. Rather, other federal and state laws apply, particularly the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) that covers all educational records of the College / students. HIPAA rules and regulations DO apply to college employees receiving services (TB testing ) at the Shasta College Student Health & Wellness Office.
Should you have further questions, please contact us at (530) 242-7580.
An individual record is established when a student visits for health or psychological services. The record, or "chart", is designed to facilitate the physician, nurse or counseling care you receive.
Any information you provide is protected by state law as well as by the Shasta College Student Health & Wellness office policy. Medical and counseling records are confidential, separate from each other, and entirely separate from academic records. Except for the Student Health & Wellness office staff, no member of the College faculty, administration, or staff may see your medical or counseling record without your consent. Parents may not see your record or obtain any information about your medical or psychological condition without your consent (see exception, below). Records are not retained indefinitely - refer to current Board Policy regarding record retention.
The student / health care provider relationship is confidential and information will not be disclosed without your written permission EXCEPT by court order, subpoena, or where disclosure is required or allowed by law including but not limited to:
- When the patient may harm, or poses a danger to, himself/herself or others, or the campus community
- When there is reasonable suspicion of child neglect or abuse, including sexual exploitation (Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act Penal Code Sections 11164-11174.3)
- When there is reasonable suspicion of abuse, or neglect, of the elderly or dependent adults