If I file a complaint, can it remain confidential?
When it comes to confidentiality, we'll be up front with you.
- We'll take all reasonable steps to investigate and respond in a manner consistent with a student's confidentiality request and we'll let you know if we can't ensure confidentiality.
- If a student requests confidentiality and decides not to press charges in a sexual violence case, an anonymous report of the incident must still be made in order to comply with the Clery Act (campus crime reporting)
- On-campus counselors and advocates - like those working or volunteering in sexual assault centers, victim advocacy offices, women's health centers, as well as licensed and pastoral counselors - can talk with a survivor in confidence
- If the safety of others in the community could be at risk, the good of the whole may need to outweigh one student's confidentiality request.
Source: "Not Alone" Report of the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault, 4/20/14
Do I have to name my assailant?
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