Confidential resources. Confidential communications are those communications that legally cannot be disclosed to another person, without the reporter’s consent, except under very limited circumstances, such as allegations involving the physical or sexual abuse of a child or vulnerable adult or an imminent threat to the life of any person. Those who want the details of sexual misconduct to be kept confidential should speak with a confidential resource. These resources include:
- Macalester College Center for Religious and Spiritual Life Contact: Kelly Stone, College Chaplain and Associate Dean for Religious & Spiritual Life, firstname.lastname@example.org, 651-696-6298.
- Macalester College Health and Wellness Center Counselors, physicians, registered nurses, or nurse practitioners, 651-696-6275.
- SOS Sexual Violence Services of Ramsey County Trained advocates offer information, referrals, legal advocacy, support groups, one-on-one counseling off-campus, and a 24-hour confidential hotline at 651-266-1000.
Non-confidential resources. Only confidential resources can promise confidentiality. All other College employees who become aware of incidents or allegations of sexual misconduct are required to report the matter to the Title IX Coordinator or Deputy Title IX Coordinators. The information given to the Title IX Coordinator or Deputy Title IX Coordinators must include all relevant details, including:
- The name of the individual reporting the allegation of sexual misconduct.
- The name(s) of the person(s) accused of the misconduct.
- Other people involved in the incident.
- The date, time, and location of the incident.
Allegations of policy violations will be considered private and will only be shared with other College employees on a need-to-know basis. The allegations will not be shared with law enforcement without the consent of the individual who has alleged the sexual misconduct.
If you are not a confidential resource, you are asked to make every effort to refer an individual to the confidential resources described above before the individual has disclosed an incident that requires reporting to the Title IX Coordinator. If you sense that an individual is about to disclose something regarding sexual misconduct to you, you may say:
“I apologize for interrupting, but I want to let you know that I am not a confidential resource on campus, which means that I will need to share anything you may tell me about an experience of sexual misconduct with our Title IX Coordinator. This is our College policy, which aims to ensure you receive the resources and support you may need. I can let you know who the confidential resources on campus are, or connect you with them. I want you to be able to make a choice about who you feel comfortable sharing with.”
We strongly recommend letting students know upfront in your interactions with them (in class, in conversation, or in your syllabus or workspace) that you are not a confidential resource. However, it is not always possible to know when or how a student may disclose to you. If a student does tell you about an experience of sexual misconduct, please let them know that you will need to share this information with the Title IX Coordinator. Explain why, and let them know you will not share with anyone else. You can then refer them to other resources on and off campus: view Support Resources.