What is confidentiality? Who is a confidential resource?
Depending on their roles at the University of Mississippi, staff and faculty have various reporting responsibilities and abilities to maintain confidentiality. To make informed choices, students should be aware of confidentiality and mandatory reporting requirements when speaking with faculty and staff who provide campus resources.
Confidential resources exist to provide a safe space for students to share what has happened, discuss their options, learn about available resources and accommodations, and discuss any concerns before deciding what steps to take next. According to university policy, students who speak with people who provide confidential resources are advised that their discussions are not considered reports of sexual misconduct and that without additional action by the student, the discussions will not result in any action by the university to investigate or proceed through the student conduct process. Unless there is imminent risk of serious harm, people who provide confidential resources cannot share information without the student’s express consent. Additionally, this information is not considered an official report to the university.
Confidential, nonreporting campus resources:
- Student Health Center physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses, technicians and staff
- University Counseling Center psychologists, counselors, social workers, graduate assistants and staff
- Violence prevention coordinator
- Psychological Services psychologists, graduate students/assistants and staff
Confidential, nonreporting off-campus resources:
- Any psychologist, counselor, social worker or affiliated staff employed off campus
- Baptist Memorial Hospital physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses, and staff or any other physicians
- Family Crisis Services of Northwest Mississippi staff
Confidentiality in Reporting Crimes
When reporting crimes to law enforcement, students who are complainants (victims of crime) have rights, including protection of victim and witness information in police, arrest and investigative reports. To learn more, see Victims’ Rights.
Responsible employees are faculty or staff members who must report incidents of sexual misconduct to the university’s Title IX coordinator. If a student confides to a responsible employee, she or he must notify the Title IX coordinator and may share details about the complainant and/or the accused. Many university officials are considered responsible employees including academic advisers, administrators, athletics coaches, graduate and teaching assistants, all faculty, community assistants, housing staff, supervisors/managers and more. If students are concerned about maintaining confidentiality, it is best to use people who provide confidential resources such as these listed above.