Confidentiality in Sexual Misconduct Cases: Information for Complainants

  1. During the process of investigation and adjudication: You are bound by confidentiality completely during the process of investigation and adjudication. This requirement is crucial to protect the integrity of the process. This means that all parties involved in the process (complainant, respondent, witnesses and advisors) are forbidden to discuss the case or to share written materials related to the case with anyone. The only exceptions to this confidentiality requirement are as follows.Students may discuss their experiences, including experiences regarding the case, with the staff support people at Sexual Assault Survivor Services, Health Services (including medical and psychological practitioners) or the Chaplain’s office – these individuals are confidential resources.
    • Participants may discuss their experiences regarding the case with confidential health, mental health, and chaplaincy professionals off campus.
    • Students may discuss the case with their advisors, provided that those advisors have been made aware of their responsibilities to keep the facts and process of the case confidential.
    • Students may discuss the case with their parents
    • If students believe there are others with whom it is important to speak, they should inform the Title IX deputy for students (Dean Sandstrom), who will endeavor to enable them to access support while maintaining the confidentiality that is promised to all parties.
  2. After the case concludes completely (including any appeals of the disciplinary decision of the college), the rules of confidentiality change somewhat. In particular: a) The materials and information learned in the disciplinary process itself remain confidential. No participant in the case may share any written materials of the case – including but not limited to the no contact order, investigator’s report, finding and sanctioning letters, emails from the Title IX deputy or advisor – with others. The only exceptions to this rule are the students’ parents, mental health counselors, and advisor (provided that the advisor has been made aware of their privacy responsibilities).