Confidentiality and Privacy

CONFIDENTIALITY AND PRIVACY
Gordon College is committed to maintaining, to the greatest extent possible, the privacy of all individuals involved in a report of sexual misconduct. While Gordon employees have differing abilities to maintain confidentiality (see below), the privacy of personal information is respected at all times. Even when complete confidentiality cannot be maintained, information is only shared among those College employees who need to participate in the investigation or assist in the resolution, unless required by law.

Individuals have control over the level of disclosure they want to make. Professionals in the Counseling Center, the Health Center, and the Chapel Office are considered Confidential Resources, and are able to discuss sensitive concerns with complete confidentiality. These

Confidential Resources are there solely to help students and will not report the incident to the Title IX Coordinator without the student’s consent, unless there is an imminent threat of serious harm to the individual or to others, or a legal obligation to reveal such information.

College community members who are not designated Confidential Resources are required to notify the Title IX Coordinator or the Gordon Police of suspected violations, and cannot guarantee the confidentiality of a complaint or report. In some cases, the Title IX Coordinator may be required to disclose information to comply with the legal process or when the College perceives that the risk to others outweighs confidentiality concerns.

Individuals who are uncertain about the level of confidentiality they want to maintain, or whether they should report an incident to campus authorities, are strongly encouraged to contact the Counseling Center for information and support.

Request for Confidentiality
If an individual discloses an incident but requests confidentiality, or that an investigation not be pursued, the College will take all reasonable steps to respond to the complaint consistent with the request for confidentiality or request not to pursue an investigation. When a complainant insists that his or her name or other identifiable information not be disclosed to the accused, the College’s ability to respond may be limited. The College prohibits retaliation and the College will not only take steps to prevent retaliation but also take strong responsive action if it occurs. If the complainant continues to ask that his or her name or identifiable information not be revealed, the College will balance this request with its responsibility to provide a safe and non-discriminatory environment for all community members and weight the relevant factors.

If the College determines that confidentiality cannot be maintained, all reasonable efforts will be made to respond to the incident while maintaining individual privacy.