Respecting Privacy

Disclosure to parents, faculty or staff, or to any unauthorized person requesting information about the student or their health history, is both illegal and unethical.


There are four circumstances in which a provider is legally and ethically bound to break confidentiality and take responsible action:

  1. When there is imminent danger or potential for serious harm to yourself or others
  2. When there is reason to believe that there is ongoing abuse of a child, elder or disabled person
  3. If you have a reportable communicable disease it will be reported to the appropriate authorities;
  4. Under a court order where a court requires the provider to produce records of your care and/or to appear in court.

If you have any questions about confidentiality and its limits, contact Hamel Health Center at 978-837-5441.