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Wellness Center

Confidential vs. Non-Confidential: What do I Need to Know About Reporting Interpersonal Violence?

Under federal law and university policy, American University is required to investigate all reports of sexual harassment, sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence, and stalking that are brought to its attention. The extent of the investigation will depend on the amount of information that is shared about the incident. We believe it is the right of the victim/survivor of interpersonal violence to decide if they wish to report an incident, and how much information they wish to share about the incident.  

Most faculty, staff and students are required by university policy to report incidents of interpersonal violence of which they become aware. However, some staff have been designated as "Confidential Resources" meaning that they are not required under university policy or the law to divulge information about interpersonal violence. Students who are uncertain about reporting their assault may find comfort in first meeting with a Confidential Resource to explore all options available to them, and to receive information about campus and community supports.

At American University, Confidential Resources include professional counselors in the Counseling Center, victim advocates in the Wellness Center, medical providers in the Student Health Center, and ordained clergy in the Kay Spiritual Life Center. If you are uncertain whether an individual is a Confidential Resource, please ask them.

The charts (linked below) provide you with information about Confidential Resources and Non-Confidential Resources, including who to contact, where they are located, and how they can help.

Confidential Resources

Non-Confidential Resources