University of Michigan Policy & Procedures on Student Sexual & Gender-Based Misconduct & Other Forms of Interpersonal Violence

There is a distinction between making a report to the University or law enforcement through designated reporting options (listed below) and seeking confidential assistance through confidential resources (listed below). Not every campus or community resource is confidential and this section explains to whom individuals who have experienced Prohibited Conduct can talk without what they share being revealed to any other person without their express permission or as required by law.


Confidential Resources

Confidential Resources are those campus and community professionals who can maintain legally-protected confidentiality within the University for the individual who shared the information. Confidentiality means that information shared by an individual with a confidential resource cannot be revealed to any other person without express permission of the individual, or as otherwise permitted or required by law. Confidential Resources are prohibited from disclosing confidential information unless (1) given permission by the person who disclosed the information; (2) there is an imminent threat of harm to self or others; (3) the conduct involves suspected abuse of a minor under the age of 18; or (4) as otherwise required or permitted by law or court order.

Confidential Resources available to individuals include the Sexual Assault Prevention and Awareness Center (SAPAC), Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) and the University Ombuds. SAPAC provides direct support to Claimants, including crisis intervention; advocacy; assistance in navigating academic, personal, and community impact; and assistance in connecting with other available support and resources. For more information, please see the Our Community Matters Resource Guide.


Non-Confidential Resources

University resources who are not Confidential Resources as defined above will make every effort to respect and safeguard the privacy of the individuals involved. Privacy means that concerns about Prohibited Conduct will be shared with a limited circle of University representatives who need to know only to assist in the assessment, investigation, and resolution of the report, and to the extent required by law or court order.

The Dean of Students Office (DOS) provides direct support to Claimants, Respondents, or other students who are involved in reports of Prohibited Conduct. This support includes navigating academic, personal, and community impact; advising on policy and procedures; and connecting to other available support and resources. The Respondent Support Program is housed in the DOS and has dedicated trained staff who provide direct support to Respondents who are involved in reports of Prohibited Conduct.

Additional information about these and other resources is contained in Our Community Matters Resource Guide.