All medical records at the Health and Wellness Center are strictly confidential. Information about a student's care will be released only with the student's written permission. All Health and Wellness Center staff adhere to established ethical principles and codes of professional practice, including patient confidentiality.
All information concerning a student's visit to the Health and Wellness Center, including their identity, reason for the visit, diagnosis, treatments, and billing information, is considered confidential information.
The one exception to this is a life-threatening situation where a student is so ill they are unable to give consent.
What Confidentiality Means to Students
Students at Penn State can be assured that their medical records are strictly confidential. Your medical records are not available to anyone, including parents, professors, and friends. Although this high degree of confidentiality may be a concern to parents seeking information, a student's medical information is released only with their written consent or by a court-ordered subpoena.
What Confidentiality Means to Parents
It is certainly understandable that as concerned parents of students who have been ill, parents may want access to information in their son's or daughter's medical record. Unfortunately, patient confidentiality standards prohibit the Health and Wellness Center from allowing parents or anyone else access to a student's medical records without their written authorization. We will, however, discuss a student's medical information with parents upon receipt of the student's permission to disclose their medical records.
Please review the Notice of Privacy Practices at Penn State. It provides details about how information is used and disclosed and how you can get access to this information.