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Privacy and Confidentiality

Privacy

The University shall protect the privacy of individuals involved in a report of sexual assault and sexual harassment to the extent required by law and University policy. A report of sexual assault or harassment may result in the gathering of extremely sensitive information about individuals in the University community. While such information is considered confidential, University policy regarding access to public records and disclosure of personal information may require disclosure of certain information concerning a report of sexual assault or harassment. In such cases, every effort shall be made to redact the records in order to protect the privacy of individuals. An individual who has made a report of sexual assault and/or harassment may be advised of sanctions imposed against the accused when the individual needs to be aware of the sanction in order for it to be fully effective (such as restrictions on communication or contact with the individual who made the report). However, information regarding disciplinary action taken against the accused shall not be disclosed without the accused’s consent, unless it is necessary to ensure compliance with the action or the safety of individuals.

Confidentiality of Reports of Sexual Harassment & Sexual Assault

Confidential offices for information regarding resources, options for reports of sexual assault or harassment or how to file a complaint of sexual harassment include the UCSC Campus Conflict Resolution Services, UCSC state certified Rape Crisis Counselors, licensed counselors in the Employee Assistance Program and/or licensed counselors at Counseling & Psychological Services at Student Health Center. These resources provide individuals who may be interested in bringing a report of sexual assault and/or harassment with a safe place to discuss their concerns and learn about the procedures and potential outcomes involved. Individuals who consult with these confidential resources shall be advised that their discussions in these settings are not considered reports of sexual assault or harassment and that without additional action by the individual, such as reporting to the Title IX/SHO, the Police or other University Official, the discussions will not result in any action by the University to resolve their concerns.

Certain University employees, such as the Title IX Coordinator/Sexual Harassment Officer, managers, supervisors, and other designated employees have an obligation to respond to reports of sexual assault and/or harassment, even if the individual making the report requests that no action be taken. An individual’s request regarding the confidentiality of reports of sexual assault or harassment will be considered in determining an appropriate response; however, such requests will be considered in the dual contexts of the University’s legal obligation to ensure a working and learning environment free from sexual assault and harassment and the due process rights of the accused to be informed of the allegations and their source. Some level of disclosure may be necessary to ensure a complete and fair investigation, although the University will comply with requests for confidentiality to the extent possible.

 

 

 

Contact Rita Walker , Title IX Officer: 105 Kerr Hall . email: rew@ucsc.edu . phone 831.459.2462 * 831.459.4825