Information & Support—These persons or entities can provide information about what constitutes sexual misconduct and relationship violence, including sexual harassment, sexual assault, sexual exploitation, dating violence, domestic violence, and stalking, and what services and reporting options are available to students. They also can help connect a student with the services and reporting options.
Obtain Counseling or Medical Services—These persons or entities can either provide or help a student to access medical and counseling services.
Interim Measures—These persons or entities can assist a student who needs interim measures following sexual misconduct or relationship violence. Examples of interim measures include issuing “no-contact” directives to prohibit ongoing contact with an individual; assigning an individual to a different class, lab, or clinical setting; asking an administrative authority to speak to an individual about university rules and policies and to express serious concern about a specific or repeated behavior; reassigning housing assignments to help an individual feel safer; etc. Interim measures do not preclude a formal investigation or discipline.
Report to the University—The university encourages students to promptly report an incident of sexual misconduct or relationship violence to the university by contacting one of these persons or entities. Students are not required to report sexual misconduct or relationship violence to the university if they do not want the university to respond to the incident or assist with interim measures; however, reporting an incident to the university empowers complainants to obtain the support they need and enables the university to respond appropriately, including conducting a prompt, thorough, and equitable investigation and, if warranted, taking disciplinary action against a respondent. If a person reports an incident to the university, there is no obligation to pursue criminal prosecution or university discipline.
Title IX—The federal law prohibiting sex discrimination in educational institutions is Title IX of the Educational Amendments Act of 1972 (amending the Higher Education Act of 1965). The act was also amended by the Civil Rights Restoration Act of 1987.
Confidentiality Level of Conversations and Records
Strictly Confidential—These conversations are confidential and are protected either by the relationship of the individual to a licensed counselor, psychiatrist, or other licensed individual covered by confidentiality laws, or by state or federal laws.
Except under rare exceptions, information will not be shared without an individual’s written consent or explicit permission.
Any records created are covered by this protection as well.
As Private as Possible—These conversations and the information gathered during the conversations are kept as private as possible, but incidents of various forms of sexual misconduct must be shared with relevant administrators and the Title IX coordinator so the university can take action if necessary for reasons of safety.
The individual will be consulted and personal preferences will be given full consideration before action is taken or a response is made.
With regard to records, any release of personal information about individual students would also be governed by state law and the federal Family Educational Rights to Privacy Act (FERPA).
According to State Law—Exploratory conversations can be confidential.
Police reports, with identifying information redacted, may be available to the public upon request.