Confidentiality

Our overall goal is to make Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) a place where you feel safe to talk about personal concerns. We follow professional guidelines of the American Psychological Association, the American Psychiatric Association, and the American Counseling Association as well as the legal statutes established in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Written records of your contact with CAPS are not part of your academic record, and we will not disclose information about you to any other office or individual unless you have signed CAPS’ written authorization to release information.

Exceptions to confidentiality occur in the following situations:

  • there exists a substantial likelihood that in the near future you may cause serious harm to yourself or others
  • reasonable suspicion of current abuse or neglect of a child or incapacitated adult
  • a valid court order or subpoena to disclose relevant information in a legal proceeding or investigation
  • the university threat assessment team receives information that results in the team opening an investigation for you, in which case, CAPS may be required to provide information in your CAPS record to the team as part of their investigation

In Crisis?

Emergency Contacts

    CrisisLink
    703-527-4077
    National Suicide
    Prevention Lifeline
    800-273-8255
    GMU 24 hour Sexual Assault and Intimate Partner Violence Hotline
    703-380-1434
    Veterans' Crisis Hotline
    877-838-2838

Non-Emergency Contacts

    Counseling and Psychological Services
    703-993-2380
    Student Support
    703-993-3686
    Mason Police
    703-993-2810