Different people on campus have different reporting responsibilities and different abilities to maintain confidentiality, depending on their roles at the college and upon college policy, when they receive a report of gender-based discrimination involving a student. Gender-based discrimination is an umbrella for a wide range of behaviors that falls under that descriptor, which includes sexual assault, other forms of sexual misconduct, and sexual harassment. At Vassar, some individuals and campus resources can offer confidentiality while others have specific obligations to respond when they receive a report of a crime or a campus policy violation. Most resources on campus fall in the middle of these two extremes. Neither the college nor the law requires them to divulge private information that is shared with them except in certain circumstances, some of which are described below. Even offices and employees who cannot guarantee confidentiality will maintain your privacy to the greatest extent possible. The information you provide to a non-confidential resource will be relayed only as necessary for the Title IX Coordinator to investigate and/or seek resolution.
—Adapted from the ATIXA Gender-based and Sexual Misconduct Model Policy © 2011.
National Center for Higher Education Risk Management (NCHERM) & Association of Title IX Administrators (ATIXA).