Will my academic program find out I am going to counseling?

Not without your permission. While ADAP is a part of Rutgers University, information about any student who participates in our program is not released to any other part of the Rutgers community (i.e., faculty, staff, etc.) without the permission of the student involved.

What would happen if my mother or father called ADAP?

If we had your permission to speak with them, we would do so, and would be restricted to information that you allowed us to discuss with them. If we did not have your permission to speak with them, we would not acknowledge your presence in the program.

Are there any circumstances that information about my being in counseling would be disclosed?

There are a few special circumstances where information would be released. These circumstances include:


  • If you are assessed as possibly harming yourself or others
  • If you experience a medical emergency while attending the program
  • If you provide information that the welfare of a child in your custody is endangered
  • If we receive a special court order or subpoena of your records from a judge. (This is very rare as Federal government has specific guidelines that only allow this to happen in special circumstances)

A more complete explanation of confidentiality is contained in our Confidentiality Mandate.

Confidentiality Mandate:

This program is required to communicate to each client that federal law and regulations protect the confidentiality of alcohol and drug abuse patient records. A summary of the laws and regulations must be given to each client.


Confidentiality of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Patient Records:

The confidentiality of alcohol and drug abuse patient records maintained by this program is protected by federal laws and regulations. Generally, the program may not say to a person outside the program that a person attends the program, or disclose any information including identifying a client as an alcohol or drug user UNLESS:


  • the client consents in writing;
  • the disclosure is allowed by a court order;
  • the disclosure is made to medical personnel in a medical emergency, or to qualified personnel for research, audit, or program evaluation; or
  • the disclosure occurs between the ADAP Staff, and CAPS Staff of the Rutgers University Health Services, for the purpose of coordinating a treatment plan.

Violations of the federal laws and regulations by a program are a crime. Suspected violations may be reported to appropriate authorities in accordance with federal regulations.

Federal laws and regulations do not protect any information about a crime committed by a client either to the program or against any person who works for the program or about any threat to commit such a crime.

Federal laws and regulations do not protect any information about suspected child abuse or neglect from being reported under state law to appropriate state or local authorities. (See 42 U.S.C. 290dd-3 and 42 U.S.C. 290ee-3 for federal laws and 42 CFR – Part 2 for federal regulations.)