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Confidentiality

The University offers a number of confidential resources for individuals who are unsure whether to report prohibited conduct and/or who seek counseling or other emotional support in addition to, or without, making a report to the University. For confidential support, seek assistance from:

Conversations with the University’s “confidential resources” are kept strictly confidential and, except in rare circumstances, will not be shared without explicit permission, as explained below:

Gannett, FSAP, and CURW will not share with the University’s Title IX Coordinator or any other University officials any information disclosed to them in the course of providing medical and/or mental health services or pastoral counseling.  Generally, these conversations are also legally privileged in the event of court proceeding.

The Victim Advocate, directors of the WRC and LGBT Resource Center, and the Ombudsman will not convey any personally identifiable information to the University Title IX Coordinator or any other University officials; however, they will share with the University’s Title IX Coordinator de-identified statistical or other information regarding prohibited conduct under Policy 6.4.

The Advocacy Center is independent of Cornell and has no duty to consult with the University.

For confidential support resources other than those listed above, call the New York State Domestic and Sexual Violence hotline (1-800-942-6906).

All other resources, as well as most Cornell faculty, staff, and student employees other than those designated “confidential” above have a duty to consult with the Title IX coordinator or a deputy Title IX coordinator once they become aware of any potential incidents of sexual harassment, including sexual assault and violence.

However, even those who cannot guarantee confidentiality will maintain your privacy to the greatest extent possible. The information provided to a nonconfidential resource will be relayed only as necessary for the Title IX coordinator to investigate and/or seek resolution, as may be appropriate given the circumstances and wishes of the complainant.

Role of Title IX Coordinators

The University strongly supports a complainant’s interest in confidentiality in cases involving sexual violence. If complainant wishes to maintain confidentiality or does not wish to move forward with or participate in a formal complaint the University will honor a complainant’s request for confidentiality if doing so does not impact the University’s ability to provide a safe and nondiscriminatory environment for all students, including the complainant. The Title IX Coordinator will evaluate such requests for confidentiality.