Privacy, Consent, and Advanced Directives

Student Privacy and Consent for Release of Information
When a student visits student health services, their privacy is protected by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and the Confidentiality of Medical Information Act (CMIA). The health center cannot disclose information to parents or guardians for students over 18 years of age without the student’s consent.
If a student gives consent, the student health center will release information on a per incident or condition basis. The health center does not accept a “blanket” consent form from an outside source or entity. Accepted consent forms regarding the health center are on our Forms page.

Advance Directives
An advance directive is a legal document used in a hospital setting. It allows you to be prepared for a possible life threatening emergency of a loved one. If you, as a USC parent, have filled out this document for your student, please save it at home. If in an emergency while at USC, your student would be transferred to an outside facility. That institution would have a policy and procedure regarding advanced directives.

The Student Health Center does not collect and file advanced directives for students. It is not a type of form that is used within our scope of practice.

Healthcare Power of Attorney
A medical or health care power of attorney is a type of advance directive in which you name a person to make decisions for you when you are unable to do so. This is also a type of document that would only be used in an emergency at a facility off campus. If you choose to create a healthcare power of attorney, we encourage you to keep this in your files at home.

Please note that being a designated agent for advance directives or health care power of attorney does not automatically allow access to medical records.