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The University offers many resources that are available to provide both immediate and ongoing support and guidance. Individuals are encouraged to use resources best suited to their needs, whether on- or off-campus, and regardless of whether the incident occurred recently or in the past. The University has established collaborative partnerships with on-campus and community-based organizations to assist and/or provide services to Complainants and Respondents. This includes referrals and services related to counseling, health, mental health, advocacy, and legal resources. At the time a report is made, a reporting party does not have to decide whether or not to request any particular course of action, nor does a reporting party need to know how to label what happened.

Resources for Students

This resource page provides information and a comprehensive listing of resources available to students, including confidential and non-confidential on campus resources, counseling services, community-based resources, and web resources. The University has created "safe havens" for those students who want to approach a knowledgeable person for guidance and support who is also confidential, such as CAPS and the Wellness Center.

Resources for Faculty and Staff

This resource page provides information for support services available to faculty and staff, including the confidential employee assistance program, off-campus resources, and community-based resources, and web resources.

Statement on Confidentiality and Privacy

Santa Clara University values the privacy of its students, faculty, and staff and wants all community members to seek the assistance they need without fear that the information they provide will be shared more broadly than they would like. A reporting party has the right, and can expect, to have allegations taken seriously by the University when formally reported and to have those incidents investigated and properly resolved through these procedures.
 
Privacy and confidentiality have distinct meanings. 
  • Privacy means that information related to a report of misconduct will be shared with a limited circle of individuals who “need to know” in order to assist in the active review, investigation, resolution of the report, and related issues.  
  • Confidentiality means that information shared by an individual with a person on campus who is designated as a Confidential Resource will not be revealed to any other individual without the express permission of the individual, unless there is an imminent threat of harm to self or others, or as otherwise permitted by law.
In cases where the reporting party does not wish for an investigation to be pursued, the reporting party may make such a request to the Director of Equal Opportunity and Title IX, who will evaluate that request in light of the duty to ensure the safety of the campus and comply with federal law. The University’s ability to remedy and respond to a reported incident may be limited if the reporting party does not want the institution to proceed with an investigation and/or a formal grievance process.  
 
It is still the full choice of the individual who has experienced discrimination or harassment, and sexual violence or misconduct to participate in an administrative investigation or university conduct process. In all cases, the University will give consideration to the reporting party with respect to how the reported misconduct is pursued, but reserves the right, when necessary to protect the community, to investigate and pursue a resolution even when a reporting party chooses not to initiate or participate in the resolution process.