Counseling often deals with very personal and private issues. Counselors respect students' privacy and will not release information disclosed in counseling without the student's explicit permission, except in situations when it is necessary to protect the student's or another person's safety. These include times when the counselor has reason to believe that you are in danger of harming yourself, you are an actual threat to the safety of another person, or situations (past or present) when a child under the age of 18, or a vulnerable adult, is being abused or neglected.