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G-28-4 Confidentiality

Note:  G-28-4 used to refer to COCC’s non-retaliation policy; this policy has been moved to G-28-5.

Throughout this process, the College commits to preserving confidentiality to the greatest extent possible, noting that information will be shared only with appropriate College staff as needed to fully investigate the nondiscrimination, sexual harassment, sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence or stalking concern. However, should the reporting party request complete confidentiality, the College will make every attempt possible to honor that request.

Exceptions to confidentiality:

  • The College is required to investigate Title IX concerns if an employee is involved; it is not required to do so if it is a non-Title IX sexual harassment, sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking concern.
  • The College is required to investigate if the alleged victim is under the age of 18; depending on the nature of the concern, the College may be required to report information to appropriate authorities (see HR Policy - Mandatory Reporting - Child Protection Policy).
  • The College may investigate a report if it is a pattern of repeated behavior and/or if there appears to be a health or safety risk to the College.