Confidentiality

The Student Health Services staff maintains strict professional standards of privacy and confidentiality. Confidentiality is maintained in accordance with all applicable laws and regulations. With the exception of the staff at PhilaU Health Services, no PhilaU faculty, staff, or administrator has access to student health records without written permission from the student, or in emergency situations as prescribed by the law.  Students are encouraged to discuss any concerns regarding their confidentiality with the staff of Student Health Services.

Confidential health information will be released only with the student’s written consent, on a per incident basis.  We cannot disclose student health information to anyone other than the student, without his or her consent. 

 We are able to release information only under the following exceptions:

  • If you give written permission to disclose information. Students may request specific medical records information, to be disclosed at their discretion, with each encounter to Student Health Servjces.

  • If you present a danger to yourself and/or someone else

  • In certain (very rare) legal situations, the Student Health Services staff may be required to disclose information, as necessary to comply with the law.  Every effort will be made to maintain confidentiality.

Communicable Illness

If a student is diagnosed with a communicable illness that poses a possible threat to the University community, a general memo may be sent to those at risk for exposure to the illness per the recommendation of the Philadelphia Health Department. Efforts will be made to protect the infected student’s identity. The University cannot assume responsibility for deductions and assumptions made by others but will make every effort to anticipate and address any concerns.