It is important that students know that University employees have different abilities to maintain a student’s confidentiality, depending on their role. Click here for a chart showing University resources and the levels of confidentiality they offer.
We want students to get the help and support they need, and learn about their options for reporting, so that the University can respond appropriately.
The University encourages students to talk to somebody about allegations of any violation of the Policy on Harassment, Discrimination, and Sexual Misconduct.
If the University honors a student’s request for confidentiality, the student must understand that the University’s ability to effectively investigate the incident and pursue disciplinary action against the alleged student(s) may be limited.
All University personnel are “mandated reporters” who are required by law to report child abuse and neglect to the Illinois Department of Child and Family Services. For this reason, confidential resources (Sexual Assault Deans-on-Call, Student Counseling Service, Student Health Service, ordained religious advisors) cannot maintain complete confidentiality when they learn of the possible abuse and/or neglect of a person under the age of 18. For more information, see the University’s Policy on the Safety of Children. In addition, regardless of the ages of individuals involved, these confidential resources must notify the University officials specified in the aforementioned policy of threats to the physical safety of any person.