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Confidential Employees

Pursuant to the Reporting Policy, a “Confidential Employee” is (1) Any University employee who is a licensed medical, clinical or mental-health professional (e.g., physicians, nurses, physicians’ assistants, psychologists, psychiatrists, professional counselors and social workers, and those performing services under their supervision), when acting in his or her professional role in the provision of services to a patient who is a University student (“health care providers”), and  (2) any University employee  providing  administrative, operational  and/or related support for such health care providers in their performance of such services.   Confidential Employees are required to maintain the confidentiality of information shared with them about Prohibited Conduct and may not disclose such information to the University’s Title IX Coordinator or to anyone else (subject to the limited exceptions set forth in the Reporting Policy).

The University urges students to seek emotional support after any incident of Prohibited Conduct.  For this purpose, students may seek out a Confidential Employee and/or they may seek out one or more confidential sources for crisis and ongoing counseling in the local community. More information about the options available to students for confidential counseling and support, both at the University and in the local community, is set forth in the Resource and Reporting Guide for Students (“Student Resource Guide”) and in the chart of “Confidential Resources available on this site.

If a student wishes to disclose information only to a Confidential Employee, the student should understand that, except in limited circumstances (e.g., (1) the student gives written consent to disclose the information; (2) there is a concern that an individual will cause serious physical harm to self or others; or (3) the information concerns conduct involving suspected abuse or neglect of a minor under the age of 18), the University will be unable to use the information to conduct an investigation into the alleged incident or to pursue disciplinary action.

If a student initially seeks the assistance of a Confidential Employee, the student always retains the right to report an incident of Prohibited Conduct to the University and/or to local law enforcement.  In such cases, if the student communicates a wish to report an incident of Prohibited Conduct, the Confidential Employee should support the student’s decision and direct the student to this Just Report It website, to the Title IX Coordinator, or to a Deputy Title IX Coordinator.

Students may seek information from Confidential Employees about how to access health or mental health services, including victim advocacy services. Confidential Employees should provide such information or direct students to appropriate resources. If students wish to request remedial or protective measures (including a no-contact directive (prohibiting contact between parties to an incident of alleged Prohibited Conduct), academic modifications and support, or modifications to University residence, employment and/or parking arrangements), they should be directed to the Office of the Dean of Students (“ODOS”). ODOS employees are not Confidential Employees, and thus will disclose to the Title IX Coordinator any information that students share with them about Prohibited Conduct. However, students may receive assistance, support and appropriate remedial measures regardless of whether they decide to pursue or participate in a complaint or investigation under the Policy or through law enforcement.

Confidential Employees are responsible for:

  • Communicating to students who are considering disclosing or have disclosed information about alleged Prohibited Conduct that, as Confidential Employees, they will not report such information to the University, and that, accordingly, the University’s ability to meaningfully investigate the allegations and pursue disciplinary action will be limited;
  • Understanding and providing information about available resources and support services;
  • Supporting students who, following an initial confidential disclosure, decide to make a report to the University and/or local law enforcement, by directing such students to the appropriate resources for assistance with such filing or further reporting; and
  • Contacting the University’s Title IX Coordinator with questions or concerns.  For the names and contact information of the Title IX Coordinator and the Deputy Title IX Coordinators, see Contacts.

Resources for Confidential Employees:

Chart of Confidential Resources

Talking Points for Confidential Employees

Sexual and Gender-Based Violence: What Students Need to Know, a quick-reference guide for students.

Resource and Reporting Guide for Students, a detailed description of reporting options and available resources for students.