Options for Reporting & Confidentially Disclosing Sexual Misconduct: Know Your Options

Haverford encourages those who have experienced sexual misconduct to talk to somebody about what happened so they can get the help and support they need, and so the College can respond appropriately and effectively.

Different members of the community have different abilities to maintain or honor a request for confidentiality.

  • Some (Level One) are required to maintain near complete confidentiality. If you talk to one of these people, the incident will not be reported to anyone at the College without your express permission, except in instances in which there is an immediate and serious concern about your safety or of others in the community.
  • Certain others (Level Two) may be consulted in confidence, reporting to the College that the incident occurred without revealing any personally identifying information. Disclosures to these individuals will not trigger an investigation of the incident if the victim/survivor does not want this to occur.
  • (Level Three) All others (most College employees and students in positions of leadership the Customs Program (UCAs, CPs, PAFs, AMAs and HCOs) are required to report all details that they know of an incident (including the identity of the victim/survivor and the individual alleged to have engaged in sexual misconduct) to the Dean of the College or Title IX Coordinator. A report to these individuals constitutes a report to the College. This, in turn, obligates the College to investigate the incident and take appropriate steps to address the situation.

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  • Confidential Resources: (Level One)

    These resources are not required to report any information about an incident to the Title IX Coordinator without permission, except in instances in which there is an immediate and serious concern about a student’s safety.

    CAPS
    • Phone: (610) 896-1290
    • Hours: M–F: 9:00a.m.–5:00p.m.
    • Location: Founders 317

    Available nights and weekends through Campus Safety at (610) 896-1111 or by consulting the Staff Directory for home numbers of counselors.

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    Licensed/Ordained Religious Advisors

    Rabbi Eli Gurevitz

    Reverend Melissa Q. Wilcox

  • Confidential Resources Who Will Report to the College without Personally Identifying Information: (Level Two)

    These resources can, in most cases, except where there is imminent danger to the individual or community as a whole, speak with a victim/survivor and provide necessary assistance and support, without revealing any personally identifying information about the incident to the College. These individuals are required to file a report of the incident with the Title IX Coordinator and Campus Safety. The report will contain no information that would directly or indirectly identify the individual who experienced sexual misconduct.

    Health Services

    Wendy Mahoney, Nurse Practitioner
    Catherine Sharbaugh, Medical Director

    • Phone: (610) 896-1089
    • Hours: M–Thu: 9:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.
      Friday: 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
    • Location: Morris Infirmary

    The Health Center is closed from 12–1 p.m. each day. After hours contact Campus Safety at (610) 896-1111.

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    Women's Center

    Marilou Allen, Director of The Women's Center

    • Phone: (610) 896-1183
    • Hours: M–F: 9:00a.m.–5:00p.m.
    • Location: Founders 318

    Available nights and weekends through Campus Safety at (610) 896-1111. You do not need to tell the dispatcher why you are calling.

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    Women's Center Student Assistants

    Available 24/7

    • 24 Hour Hotline: (484) 571-2775
    • Location: Campus Center 209

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    Again, in such cases where confidentiality is maintained, the College will be unable to conduct an investigation into the incident or take action against the alleged perpetrator.

  • Reporting to Responsible Employees/Community Members (Level Three)

    A responsible employee/community is a member of the Haverford community who has an affirmative duty to report all instances of sexual misconduct that come to their attention. All employees, other than those noted above, including non-confidential members of “The Circle” plus student leaders in the Customs Program fall into this category, and are considered responsible employees/community members.

    When a victim/survivor or a third party (friend, family ,coach, faculty or staff member, etc.) tells a responsible employee/community member about an incident of sexual misconduct, s/he can expect that the College to take immediate and appropriate steps to investigate what happened and resolve the matter promptly and equitably. The responsible employee/community member must report all relevant details of the allegation of sexual violence received, including the name of the victim/survivor, and the individual alleged to have engaged in sexual misconduct, any witnesses, and any other relevant facts, such as date, time, and specific location of the incident.