Policy Concerning Confidentiality

Policy Concerning Confidentiality

The faculty of the NNU Master of Social Work program recognizes the value and importance of each studentís right to confidentiality. Students may request that specific information shared with members of the faculty, field instructors, and/or academic administrators be kept confidential. Although confidentiality cannot be guaranteed, such information will be kept confidential to the extent permitted by law. (See "University Student Handbook")

The Department of Social Work regards faculty, faculty advisors, field instructors, and school administrators as members of each studentís educational team. They may be consulted periodically to discuss student progress. There are routine reviews of student progress at weekly MSW faculty meetings. Information shared confidentially by a student will be shared with other team members only when a team member deems it necessary to address a studentís educational needs.

The faculty of the NNU Master of Social Work program recognizes the value and importance of free and open classroom discussion. Students are encouraged to express opinions and offer observations relevant to course content. In sharing information about others (e.g., clients in their practice), students are expected to protect the confidentiality of those individuals. Other students in the classroom are expected to treat classmatesí comments with respect and courtesy and to protect the confidentiality of comments and observations offered in the classroom to the extent possible under law and university/school policy. Students are expected to refrain from divulging confidential information to others outside the classroom.