Those who have disclosed a sexual harassment, stalking, or sexual violence violation should know that university employees (residence directors, Campus Safety officers, staff members, faculty, etc.)— excluding University Counseling Center staff, Community Counseling Center staff, Student Health Center staff, and campus pastors, who may be bound by confidentiality standards—will report sexual conduct to the Title IX Coordinator.
All inquiries, complaints, and investigations are treated with discretion. Identity of the Complainant may be revealed to the respondent(s) of such conduct.
The university is committed to protecting the privacy of all individuals involved in a report of sexual harassment, stalking, and sexual violence violations. All university employees who are involved in the university’s Title IX response, including the Title IX Coordinator, Deputy Title IX Coordinators, investigators, and appeal review committee members, receive specific instruction about respecting and safeguarding private information. Throughout the process, every effort will be made to protect the privacy interests of all individuals involved in a manner consistent with the need for a thorough review of the report.
Confidentiality means that information shared by an individual with designated campus or community professionals cannot be revealed to any other individual without the express permission of the individual. These campus professionals include campus pastors, counselors from the University Counseling Center and Community Counseling Center, and health providers from the Student Health Center, all of whom have legally protected confidentiality. These individuals are prohibited from breaking confidentiality unless there is an imminent threat of harm to self or others. When a report involves suspected abuse of a minor under the age of 18, these confidential resources may be required by state law and University Policy to notify child protective services and/or local law enforcement, and the University Office of General Counsel.
Confidential resources cannot share identifying information about you without your written consent. Exceptions can be made in response to court orders, when child or elder abuse is involved, or if there are serious threats to hurt one’s self or others.
Confidential resources include:
University Counseling Center
Student Health Center
Community Counseling Center
Life Assistance Program by Cigna (for employees)
24/7 hotline: (800) 538-3543
Private resources are required to report incidences to the APU Title IX Coordinator. Other university departments may also be involved as a means to help survivors or protect the campus community. Among APU’s offices and departments, most offer privacy, NOT confidentiality, to those who report abuse.