Reporting and Confidentiality
Holy Family University encourages all members of the community to report any incident of sexual misconduct as promptly as possible so that the University can respond effectively. The University recognizes, however, that not every person will choose to make a formal report with the University or with local law enforcement. When consulting campus resources, community members should be aware of confidentiality and mandatory reporting in order to make informed choices. On campus, some resources can offer confidentiality, sharing options and advice without any obligation to tell anyone unless the Complainant wants them to do so. Other resources are expressly required to report incidents of sexual misconduct to the Title IX Coordinator.
For those 18 or older who are not yet prepared to make a report or pursue a complaint under this Policy, the University provides confidential professional and pastoral counseling. Complainants may use these resources to talk to someone about an incident of sexual misconduct in a confidential manner whether or not they decide to make an official report, or to participate in the University complaint resolution process or the criminal justice system. Conferring with these resources will not trigger an investigation by the University or law enforcement.
Confidential professional and pastoral counselors can:
- Explain the reporting and resolution process.
- Provide support while the University or criminal processes are ongoing and/or pending.
- Explain options for obtaining additional support from the University and off-campus resources.
- Arrange for medical care and accompany complainants, or arrange for someone to accompany complainants, to seek such care.
Should the Complainant decide to file a complaint with the University or law enforcement, these individuals will direct the complainant to the appropriate individuals to do so.
Professional counselors who provide mental-health counseling to members of the school community (and including those who act in that role under the supervision of a licensed counselor) are not required to report any information about an incident to the Title IX Coordinator without a complainant's permission.
A Pastoral Counselor is an employee of an institution, who is associated with a religious order or denomination, recognized by that religious order or denomination as someone who provides confidential counseling, and who is functioning within the scope of that recognition as a pastoral counselor.
Resources Who Can Afford Partial Confidentiality
A Complainant can seek assistance and support from individuals who work or volunteer in the Campus Health Services. While these individuals must report that an incident occurred to the Title IX Coordinator, they are not required to reveal any personally identifying information about an incident to the University.
Following is contact information for these non-professional counselors and advocates:
Reporting to Responsible Employees
The University defines a responsible employee to include supervisors, officials, and employees with significant responsibility for student and campus activities including, but not limited to: academics, student residences, athletics, discipline, campus life and campus safety.
When a Complainant tells a responsible employee about an incident of sexual violence, the Complainant has the right to expect Holy Family University to take immediate and appropriate steps to investigate what happened and to resolve the matter promptly and equitably.
A responsible employee must report to the Title IX Coordinator all relevant details about the alleged sexual violence shared by the Complainant. To the extent possible, information reported to a responsible employee will be shared only with people responsible for handling the University's response to the report.
Reporting to Law Enforcement
The Complainant has the absolute right to decide whether an incident of sexual violence, intimate partner violence, or stalking is reported to Law Enforcement. If the complainant decides to report the incident to law enforcement, the University, through Public Safety, is committing to assisting the complainant.
Reports to a Non-Confidential Resource – Request for Confidentiality
Title IX requires Holy Family University to balance the needs of an individual who has reported an incident of sexual misconduct to a responsible employee that has requested confidentiality or that no action be taken with its obligation to end the harassment and ensure the well-being of the community at large.
The University has designated the Title IX Coordinator to evaluate these requests.
In such cases, the Title IX Coordinator will weigh the request against the University's obligation to provide a safe, non-discriminatory environment for all students, including the complainant.
The University handles complaints of sexual misconduct with due regard for the parties' concern for confidentiality. However, if occurrences of sexual misconduct pose a general threat to the University community, Holy Family will take affirmative steps to notify students, faculty, and staff of the potential danger.
If you are concerned about confidentiality, discuss this issue first with the University's confidential counselors, who will be able to explain various options you may take, and the implications for each option, and direct you to other on- or off-campus resources as appropriate.