Confidentiality

Counselors/therapists at the University Counseling Center and priests acting in a pastoral capacity - Confidential Resources

The University provides confidential resources who are outside the official reporting channels. Any community member may seek advice and counseling confidentially, including about sexual assault, sexual harassment or other sexual misconduct, by speaking to those University employees.

Note that confidentiality will be maintained by a counselor or therapist under all circumstances except when there is an immediate threat of serious harm to a person. This means that, in almost all circumstances, these people are not required to report any information to anyone without permission.

Nurses and Nurse Practitioners at the Student Health Center and the Sexual Assault Resource Coordinator (SARC) team

The University has designated these employees to provide immediate assistance and support to any person wishing to make a report of sexual assault, sexual harassment, or other sexual misconduct.  These people are required to share disclosures of sexual misconduct with the Title IX Coordinator, but generally only report that an incident occurred without revealing any personally identifying information about the person, if requested by the reporting person.  These reports to the Title IX Coordinator will include the general nature of the incident, date, time of day, and location, as well as other information needed to assess whether an on-going threat is present in order to evaluate whether a timely warning should be issued.

The SARC team is comprised of Villanova staff and faculty members, who care deeply about the issue of sexual violence and who have completed extensive training on how to support survivors of sexual violence at Villanova. A member of the SARC team is on call 24/7, 365 days a year for Villanova students who need support following an incident of sexual violence.  

Nurses/nurse practitioners at the Student Health Center will provide safe, caring and respectful medical care to all students.  They can provide confidential predatory drug and sexually transmitted infection (STI) testing free of charge and connect students with appropriate resources; however forensic exams and collection of evidence are not available at the Student Health Center. 

All other employees

All employees (except for confidential resources listed above) are required to share disclosures of sexual misconduct with the Title IX Coordinator.  These reports to the Title IX Coordinator will include the name of the reporting person, general nature of the incident, date, time of day, and location, as well as other information needed to assess whether an on-going threat is present in order to evaluate whether a timely warning should be issued.

Note that physicians at the Student Health Center (M.D.s and D.O.s) are generally required by Pennsylvania law to make a report to the police department with jurisdiction, any time they receive a report of an injury caused by a criminal act, including sexual assault.