The Illinois Student Optional Disclosure of Private Mental Health Act gives students the right to designate an adult as a contact person in the event that a Student Health Service or Student Counseling Service physician, clinical psychologist or qualified examiner determines that they pose a clear danger to themselves or others. Students are not required to designate a contact, but if they wish to do so, it can be anyone over the age of 18 years (parent, friend, sibling, etc.).
Upon enrollment in their academic program, all new University students will be notified of their rights under this state law and will receive instructions on how to obtain and submit the Disclosure form for designating an emergency contact. Forms are available at https://csl.uchicago.edu/node/129833 and from the Campus and Student Life office (5711 S. Woodlawn Ave.).