All dealings with the Student Rights Centre are confidential.

We obtain your consent for the disclosure of your personal information to any third party including the University of Ottawa. For example, if you wish for a Student Rights Advocate to assist you in pursuing an issue, you will be asked to provide consent any time an action is taken that requires us to contact the University.

An individual may withdraw consent at any time, but the withdrawal cannot be retroactive.

Limits to Confidentiality

Duty to Warn:

In cases where there is reasonable and specific indication that a client poses a threat to themselves or to others, the SRC has a duty to inform appropriate services.  Where there is an imminent suicide risk, a medical referral or hospitalization may be instituted. If the client is considered to be dangerous to others, Protection Services, the police and/or a threatened person(s) may be informed. The supervising Commissioner at the University of Ottawa Students’ Union must be informed of such an incidence.

Child in Need of Protection:

In cases where there is reasonable indication that a child may be in need of protection, the SRC has a duty to inform appropriate authorities and the parents of the child, unless this poses a threat to the child.

Legal Proceedings:

Upon due receipt of a subpoena or court order, the SRC is obliged to divulge the requested information. Upon receipt of such a request, care will be given to clarify what specific information is needed so as to avoid unnecessary disclosure.