Be clear about your role

It’s important to be honest and clear about the limits of your confidentiality before the student shares their experience.

Something you could say:

Before we continue, I want to let you know that I am required to report information that is shared with me about incidences of gender-based violence (stalking, dating/domestic violence, and sexual assault) to campus officials. This could prompt an investigation and a campus crime warning. If you would like to first speak with someone who is confidential, I can help you to get connected with one of those resources.

Providing students with this information allows them to make informed decisions about how they feel is best to proceed. Some students may choose not to share information about their experience, but may still need your help to arrange supportive adjustments in class or at work.

Remember- above all, your role is to provide a compassionate and appropriate response to the student.