Confidentiality

Confidentiality

Confidentiality

Sacred Heart University cannot promise complete confidentiality. Each situation is handled as discreetly as possible. SHU will treat all individuals with respect, and maintain confidentiality to the extent that the state and federal law permits.

Under Title IX, whether an individual is obligated to report incidents of alleged sexual violence generally depends on whether the individual is a responsible employee of the school. A responsible employee must report incidents of sexual violence to the Title IX coordinator or other appropriate school designee, subject to the exemption for school counseling employees. SHU is obligated to address sexual violence that a responsible employee knew or should have known about. However, addressing the concern does not mean that the University will push for formal disciplinary hearing proceedings against his/her will. The University may deem it necessary to move forward in formal disciplinary proceedings if it determines there is an ongoing threat to the campus community.

The responsible employee will make every effort to ensure that the student understands: (i) the employee’s obligation to report the names of the alleged perpetrator and student involved in the alleged sexual violence, as well as relevant facts regarding the alleged incident (including the date, time, and location), to the Title IX coordinator or other appropriate school officials, (ii) the student’s option to request that the school maintain his or her confidentiality, which the school will consider, and (iii) the student’s ability to share the information confidentially with counseling, advocacy, health, mental health, or sexual assault related services. (e.g., sexual assault resource centers, campus health centers, pastoral counselors, and campus mental health centers). Please note, however, that if someone presents a danger to themselves or others, medical/health professionals may break confidentiality to ensure safety.

Source: OCR Question and Answer