A Confidential Resource

Understanding confidentiality.

The Haven is a place where you can go WITHOUT a report being made.

The trained Confidential Advocates (student volunteers) who work in The Haven, as well as the Director of The Haven, are "confidential resources." Confidential resources are NOT required to report incidences of sexual harassment or assault, domestic or dating violence, stalking, or other gender-based discrimination. This allows students to get support and resources, hear about reporting options, accommodations, and other remedies before taking further action. It is critical that you understand who is a responsible employee (required to report to the Title IX Coordinator) before disclosing your, or your friends, experiences of sexual harassment or assault, domestic or dating violence, stalking, or other gender-based discrimination.

A faculty or staff person MUST report to the Title IX Coordinator.

W&M wants to help people who have experienced sexual harassment or assault, domestic or dating violence, stalking, or other gender-based discrimination and hold those accountable for sexual misconduct. For these reasons, and because of federal and state law, when W&M faculty or staff become aware of sexual misconduct involving a student or occurring on campus, the faculty or staff person must report to the Title IX Coordinator.

We know that people who have experienced sexual harassment or assault, domestic or dating violence, stalking, or other gender-based discrimination may want to remain anonymous and be in control of their next steps. They may not be sure how or to whom they want to report the incident. To help support survivors, W&M has some confidential resources -- The Haven is one of them.

Confidential Advocates at The Haven, and the Director of The Haven will NOT share any information from visitors with any other school official without consent.

Exceptions to confidentiality

There are some exceptions to confidentiality, which may require notifying other school officials and sharing personally identifying information or other personal information.

  • If the visitor is under the age of 18
  • If the visitor indicates or shows signs that they intend to harm themselves or others
  • If the visitor describes a high level of lethal risk by a current/former partner or acquaintance or a lethal risk to the community
  • Under state and federal law
  • If there is a medical emergency

There are some other confidential resources at W&M.