Parents and Families

Welcome to the University of Maryland community! Parents and families have an important role as students learn to take great care of themselves. We encourage parents to coach their students toward making wise health choices and through getting health care, when needed.

All University of Maryland students may use the Health Center.  We participate in a number of national insurance plans and have a reduced-rate fee schedule for certain services for students with insurances that do not contract with the UHC.  

Here are some things you’ll want to pay attention to  before your new Terp arrives on campus…

  1. Read the student entrance letter

  2. Review immunizations and ensure that your student is up to date

  3. Ensure that your student fills out and submits their Immunization Record

  4. Annually complete the Mandatory Insurance/Hard Waiver

  5. Talk with your student about alcohol consumption, sexual assault, and healthy choices.  It is important for your student to hear explicitly about your expectations. Here is some information to help from our own School of Public Health!

  6. Consider discussing an Advance Directive with your student.

  7. Read our information about Privacy and Confidentiality (below)

Information for Parents and Families

Behavioral Health

The University Health Center Behavioral Health Service offers confidential, high quality and convenient services for University of Maryland students. Our staff are licensed and board certified, trainees are closely supervised by our professional staff, records are peer reviewed and staff are evaluated regularly. Learn more about how we protect your confidentiality.

CARE to Stop Violence

CARE to Stop Violence has trained and professional advocates who can provide resources, support and assistance to persons via email, telephone, or in person.  We can assist individuals in several ways including:

  • Provide crisis intervention and crisis de-escalation
  • Helping you understand options that may exist and the pros and cons of choices
  • Helping you access medical care, both on and off campus
  • Maintaining confidentiality
  • Providing short term counseling and/or referrals to community resources as necessary
  • Help with academic support letters
  • Support for friends, family and people who care about you
  • Providing transportation
  • Providing alternative housing
  • Providing financial assistance
  • Helping you find faith-based services
  • Helping you find legal assistance
  • Assistance in filing claim with the Criminal Injuries Compensation Board
  • Acting as liaison between you and other campus offices and off campus service providers including Office on Student Conduct, Rights and Responsibilities, and Title IX

Privacy and Confidentiality

Students are developing adults who are learning to make their own health decisions.  As such, it is important that we offer the opportunity for students to make these decisions with assurance that their confidentiality will be respected.

All services provided to students and communication with clinicians are confidential. With a student’s permission, we will share health information with families, friends or other health care providers.  This permission is encounter specific; we generally do not permit blanket permission to be signed for an extended period of time. The University Health Center is compliant with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) regulations. Please see our Notice of Privacy Practices (link) for details regarding privacy and confidentiality.   

For questions concerning confidentiality, email

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