Patient Rights & Responsibilities


Your medical records are kept in strict confidence. Only with your written release can your records be copied and sent to a third party. Contact your health care provider or Student Health Administration if you would like to discuss your records.


Student Health staff members strongly believe that each person is entitled to certain rights as a patient. Additionally, each patient has certain responsibilities. Together, these ensure that each individual receives the appropriate medical care & personal services he/she deserves. The following Patient Bill of Rights and Responsibilities was established:

Each patient has the right to:

  • Access to care & treatment regardless of race, creed, sex, national origin or religion
  • Consideration & respect for personal dignity & privacy
  • Expect that the diagnosis, prognosis & methods of treatment be explained clearly & in terms you can understand, including the risks & possible side effects
  • Be informed about the Health Center regulations, policies, & rules governing the conduct as a patient.
  • Know what alternatives exist for your care & treatment
  • Know if treatment involves experimental, educational or research methods and maintain the right to refuse treatment to the extent permitted by law

Each patient has the responsibility to:

  • Provide, to the best of his/her knowledge, accurate information relating to health matters
  • Follow the treatment plan recommended by his/her primary health care provider
  • Accept personal responsibility if he/she refuses treatment
  • Know and abide by Student Health rules, regulations and policies
  • Respect the rights of other patients, hospital personnel and others with whom he/she may come in contact