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Choosing to Disclose

The University encourages students to talk to someone about any possible violation of the University’s Policy on Harassment, Discrimination, and Sexual Misconduct and wants students to be fully informed about what happens to information disclosed to University employees.  We want students to get the help and support they need, and to learn about their options for reporting so the University can respond appropriately.

It is important for students to know University employees, depending on their role, have different abilities to maintain a student’s confidentiality. Under Title IX, the University has an obligation to investigate all allegations of sexual misconduct, including sexual assault, sexual harassment, domestic violence, dating violence, stalking, rape, and acquaintance rape about which a “responsible employee” knows or should have known. Any University employee who would reasonably be expected to have the authority or duty to report or take action to redress sexual misconduct is a “responsible employee.” All members of the faculty and many other academic appointees and staff are “responsible employees” and, as such, are obligated to report sexual misconduct to the University's Title IX Coordinator or Deputy Title IX Coordinator for Students.

To aid in the understanding of employee roles and responsibilities, the following chart and expectations were created to provide information on the different levels of confidentiality that exist among University employees. Included in the chart are employees deemed to be confidential resources.  If the University honors a student’s request for confidentiality, the student must understand the University’s ability to effectively investigate the incident and pursue disciplinary action against the alleged student or students may be limited.