August 14, 2015

Gallaudet University's New Ombuds Will be Confidential Resource for Sexual Misconduct Issues

Gallaudet's new Ombudsperson, Liz Stone Nirenberg, will benefit from an updated Gender-Based and Sexual Misconduct Policy. Under the new policy, disclosures of sexual misconduct to the Ombuds will be considered confidential.

The policy states in relevant part:
CONFIDENTIAL COMMUNICATIONSWhen information is shared with a confidential resource identified in this policy, it does not have to be reported further, and will not initiate further action from the University. The only exception where a confidential resource will not honor confidentiality is when there is an imminent danger to the student or to others. If you desire that details of the incident be kept confidential, you should speak with the Ombuds, on-campus counselors at the Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) or staff at the Student Health Services (SHS), Office of Campus Ministries, DAWN (on or off campus), or an off-campus rape crisis resource such as the D.C. Rape Crisis Center (DCRCC). CAPS counselors are available to help you free of charge, and can be seen on an emergency basis. In addition, you may speak on- and off-campus with members of the clergy and chaplains, who will also keep reports confidential.
(Gallaudet Student Handbook.)

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Related Title IX posts: Lessons From a Case of Sexual Harassment; Harvard Law Case Study Focuses on Ombuds and the 'Dear Colleague Letter'; Updated Sexual Misconduct Policy at University of North Carolina Reaffirms Ombuds' Confidentiality; Sexual Assault Report from University of Michigan Reaffirms Ombuds' Confidentiality; Grinnell College Affirms Confidentiality of Ombuds Office for Sexual Misconduct Matters Updated Sexual Misconduct Policy at Colorado College Protects Disclosures to Ombuds;IOA Takes a Stand on Title IX Issues.; Watch Senator Question White House Title IX Expert on Role of Campus Ombuds;Revised Sexual Misconduct Policies at MIT Continue Protection of Ombuds Updated Sexual Misconduct Policies at UC Irvine Assert Ombuds' ConfidentialityUniversity of Oregon Approves Confidentiality of Ombuds in Title IX Matters; Cornell's Ombuds Office is a Confidential Resource for Sexual Assault Matters; University of Colorado Designates Ombuds Office as Confidential Resource for Title IX Matters; George Mason University Protects Confidentiality of Ombuds Under New Sexual Misconduct PolicyUniversity of California Protects All its Ombuds Under Updated Sexual Misconduct Policy.

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