Student Confidentiality and Privacy Policies

 James B. Ellison, Sr. Student Health Center

Student Confidentiality and Privacy Policies

The James B. Ellison, Sr. Student Health Center (SHC) strives to provide comprehensive health care while respecting the individuals’ rights and dignity of all students. The Family Educational Rights to Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA) is a federal law that governs access to and privacy of student records at schools, such as Morehouse College. ALL STUDENTS who are enrolled at Morehouse are entitled to the rights afforded by FERPA.

 UNDER FERPA YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO….

  1. Ask to see and get a copy of your health records
  2. Have corrections added to your health information
  3. Limit disclosure of any personally identifiable information from your health records
  4. Decide if you want to give your permission before your health information can be used or shared for certain purposes
  5. Ask to be reached somewhere other than home

Student treatment records at the Student Health Center are regulated by FERPA and NOT HIPAA Privacy Rules. For more information on FERPA visit: https://www.morehouse.edu/recordsregistration/pdf/Ferpa_manual.pdf

All questions regarding health privacy matters at the SHC should be directed to:

Cynthia Trawick

Director, Student Health Center

Phone: 404-215-2637

e-mail: shc@morehouse.edu

 CONFIDENTIALITY

Students have the right to expect their health care will be treated as confidential information. Access to student health records is limited to Student Health Center staff and essential medical personnel involved in the care of a student.

Personal health records may be released as directed with written consent by the students or durable power of attorney. In the case of a potentially life threatening emergency, pertinent medical information is shared with emergency care providers, appropriate emergency contacts, and the Dean.

Community emergency medical services will be called upon as necessary. Emergency medical personnel are entitled to information that is pertinent to an individual’s emergency health care.

 Questions about confidentiality or procedures should be directed to the Student Health Center staff:

Phone: 404-215-2637

E-mail: shc@morehouse.edu

STUDENT RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES

 As a student patient at the James B. Ellison, Sr. Student Health Center:

 YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO….

  1. Respectful care given by competent staff which reflects consideration of your personal values and belief systems and optimizes your comfort and dignity
  2. Expect emergency health care to be provided without unnecessary delay
  3. Quality care and high professional standards that are continually maintained and reviewed
  4. Health care services without discrimination based upon race, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual preference, or disability
  5. Every consideration of your privacy concerning your health care
  6. Receive care in a safe setting and be free from all forms of abuse and harassment
  7. Communication in a manner that is clear, concise, and understandable
  8. Refuse treatment as permitted by law and to be informed of the consequences of your decision
  9. Be involved in health care decisions in collaboration with health care providers to the fullest extent possible
  10. Information pertaining to any charges made by SHC
  11. Voice complaints regarding your care, to have those complaints reviewed, and, when possible, resolved

 STUDENT RESPONSIBILITIES

 As a student patient at the James B. Ellison, Sr. Student Health Center:

 YOU ARE EXPECTED TO….

  1. Be considerate of other students and health care personnel
  2. Provide accurate and complete health information about present health complaints, past illnesses, hospitalizations, medications, and other matters relating to your health history or care in order for you to receive effective health care treatment
  3. Communicate your complaints, misunderstandings, and questions regarding services at the SHC. We encourage you to approach our Director with any concerns that you may have

 YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR…..

  1. Reporting whether you clearly understand a contemplated course of action and what is expected of you
  2. Any costs or bills accrued through the SHC, which may be related to prescription medications, laboratory tests, vaccinations, or travel consults