Report An Incident

Requesting Confidentiality

If you wish to tell a Responsible Employee what happened but you also wish to make a Request for Confidentiality (i.e., that the University not share your identity with the alleged perpetrator(s), that no investigation be pursued, and/or that no disciplinary action be taken), you should understand that the Responsible Employee is nevertheless required to report all information that you disclose about an incident of Prohibited Conduct to the Title IX Coordinator. However, the Responsible Employee also will make your Request for Confidentiality known to the Title IX Coordinator.

The University will seek to honor your Request for Confidentiality if it can do so consistent with its obligation to ensure the health and safety of the University community. This determination will be made by an “Evaluation Panel,” as described below. In such cases, the Title IX Coordinator may pursue the report if it is possible to do so without your participation (e.g., where there is other relevant evidence of the Prohibited Conduct, such as recordings from security cameras, corroborating reports from other witnesses, or available physical evidence). Otherwise, however, the University will be able to respond in only limited and general ways, such as providing targeted training or prevention programs and/or offering appropriate remedial measures.

For purposes of the following discussion of Requests for Confidentiality, the “Complainant” is any person who presents as the victim of Prohibited Conduct, and the “Respondent” is any person who has been accused of Prohibited Conduct.

Who will evaluate a student’s Request for Confidentiality?

An “Evaluation Panel,” comprised of the University’s Threat Assessment Team (the “TAT”) or a subset of the TAT that includes (1) the Title IX Coordinator (or a Deputy Title IX Coordinator); (2) a representative of the University’s Police Department; and (3) a representative from the Division of Student Affairs. In addition, the subset may include a representative from Human Resources or the Office of the Provost, depending on the status of the Respondent and the circumstances of the report.

How will the Evaluation Panel evaluate a Request for Confidentiality?

The Evaluation Panel will perform a “threat assessment” in order to determine whether the report, taken together with any other available information, presents a rational basis for concluding that there is a risk of serious harm to the Complainant or to any member of the University community.  The Evaluation Panel will make this determination based upon the following risk factors: 

  • Whether the Respondent has prior arrests, reports and/or complaints related to any form of Prohibited Conduct or any history of violent behavior;
  • Whether the Respondent has a history of failing to comply with any University no-contact directive, other University protective measures, and/or any judicial protective order;
  • Whether the Respondent has threatened to commit violence or any form of Prohibited Conduct in the future;
  • Whether the Prohibited Conduct involved multiple Respondents;
  • Whether the Prohibited Conduct involved physical violence. “Physical violence” means exerting control over another person through the use of physical force. Examples of physical violence include hitting, punching, slapping, kicking, restraining, choking and brandishing or using any weapon;
  • Whether the report reveals a pattern of Prohibited Conduct (e.g., by the Respondent, by a particular group or organization, around a particular recurring event or activity, or at a particular location);
  • Whether the Prohibited Conduct was facilitated through the use of “date-rape” or similar drugs or intoxicants;
  • Whether the Prohibited Conduct occurred while the Complainant was unconscious, physically helpless or unaware that the Prohibited Conduct was occurring;
  • Whether the Complainant is (or was at the time of the Prohibited Conduct) a minor (under 18); and/or
  • Whether any other aggravating circumstances or signs of predatory behavior are present.

What will happen if the Evaluation Panel determines that the University cannot honor a student’s Request for Confidentiality?

If the Evaluation Panel determines that the University cannot honor your Request for Confidentiality, the Title IX Coordinator will take all appropriate University action(s), which may include, among other things, causing the Dean of Students to impose a no-contact directive and/or disciplinary suspension (or, if the Respondent is a University employee, pre-disciplinary leave); arranging, imposing or extending any other appropriate remedial and/or protective measures; and/or undertaking a full investigation and University resolution. You will be informed of any actions taken by the Title IX Coordinator and the University will make reasonable efforts to protect your privacy to the extent possible. However, certain actions, including an investigation and disciplinary resolution, will involve speaking with the Respondent and others with relevant information, in which case your identity may have to be disclosed. In such cases, the University will notify you that it intends to move forward with an investigation, but in no event will you be required to participate in any such actions undertaken by the University. 

You may obtain information, assistance and support, both at the University and in the local community, throughout this process. Detailed information about your reporting options and University and community resources is set forth in the Resource and Reporting Guide for Students. Detailed information about the Evaluation Panel, the assessment of reported information, and the University’s response, including procedures for University investigation and resolution, is set forth in the Policy on Sexual and Gender-Based Harassment and Other Forms of Interpersonal Violence and the related Procedures for Reports Against Students and Procedures for Reports Against Employees.