Confidentiality

Emergency Contacts

 

Online Crisis Chat

Crisis Text Line

 
  • Text HOME to 741741
 

CrisisLink

 
  • 703-527-4077
 

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

 
  • 988
  • 800-273-8255
 

Mason Sexual and Intimate Partner Violence Crisis Line

 
  • 703-380-1434
 

The Steve Fund (for students of color)

 
  • Text STEVE to 741741
 

Trans Lifeline (for the trans community)

 
  • 877-565-8860
 

The Trevor Project's TrevorLifeline (for LGBTQ+ students)

 
  • 866-488-7386
 

Veterans Crisis Line (for Veterans)

 
  • 800-273-8255, Press 1
 

Mason Police

 
  • 703-993-2810
 

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

  • If there exists a substantial likelihood that in the near future you may cause serious harm to yourself or others, or that you will suffer serious harm due to a lack of capacity to protect yourself from harm or to provide for your basic human needs, we need to ensure that all concerned parties are safe. In addition, the Code of Virginia may require George Mason to notify your parents in the situation described above if you are a dependent, (Virginia Code 37.2-809 and 23-9.2:3).
  • If you report information indicating a reasonable suspicion of abuse or neglect of a child or incapacitated adult, Virginia law mandates mental health professionals to report this information to Child or Adult Protective Services (Virginia Code 63.2-1509).
  • A valid court order or subpoena, issued by a judge, could compel us to disclose relevant information in a legal proceeding or investigation.
  • By Virginia code, if the university threat assessment team receives information that results in the team opening an investigation for you, CAPS may be required to provide information in your CAPS record to the team as part of their investigation (Virginia Code 23-9.2:10).