ReportingConfidentially Disclosing Sexual Violence: Know The Options

  • If you have been a victim of sexual assault, relationship violence or and/or stalking, talk to somebody about what happened so that you can get the support you need, and so the university can respond appropriately. While every attempt will be made to respect your privacy, you should know that different employees on campus have different abilities to maintain a victim’s confidentiality.

    • Some are required to maintain near complete confidentiality; talking to them is sometimes called a “privileged communication.” 
    • Other employees may talk to a victim in confidence, and generally only report to the University that an incident occurred without revealing any personally identifying information. Disclosures to these employees will not trigger a University investigation into an incident against the victim’s wishes.
    • Thirdly, some employees are required to report all the details of an incident (including the identities of both the victim and alleged perpetrator) to the Title IX Liaison. A report to these employees (called “responsible employees”) constitutes a report to the University – and generally obligates Pitt-Bradford to investigate the incident and take appropriate steps to address the situation.

    This policy is intended to make students aware of the various reporting and confidential disclosure options available to them – so they can make informed choices about where to turn should they become a victim of sexual violence.

    Pitt-Bradford strongly encourages victims to talk to someone identified in one or more of these groups. Regardless of whether you would like to move forward with a formal complaint or report, Pitt-Bradford will provide you with information and support. Know that you never need to feel alone at Pitt-Bradford. Reach out and get help.

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