Confidential and Semi-Confidential Resource Information

The Role of Confidential Resources

Any community member may seek advice and counseling confidentially by speaking to the following University employees:  a counselor/therapist at the University Counseling Center and/or a priest who is acting in a pastoral capacity.  These confidential resources are outside the official reporting channels and are not required to report the incident or any details about the incident to the Title IX Coordinator unless in accordance with the reporting person’s wishes.

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 individuals are not required to report any information to anyone without permission.

The Role of Semi-Confidential Resources

Any community member may seek advice and counseling semi-confidentially by speaking to the following University employees: the Sexual Assault Resource Coordinator (SARC) team members and nurses/nurse practitioners in the Student Health Center

Semi-confidential resources may talk with an individual privately and generally only report that an incident occurred without revealing any personally identifying information about the person making the report. These semi-confidential resources will report the following information (if provided) to the Title IX Coordinator: name of the alleged perpetrator (if shared), 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.  As with confidential resources, the reporting person’s name will not be disclosed by a semi-confidential resource under all circumstances except when there is an immediate threat of serious harm to a person. This means that, in almost all circumstances, these individuals are not required to provide the reporting person’s name to anyone without permission.

The Title IX Coordinator keeps track of this information so that she can evaluate the scope of the problem, whether there are any patterns or trends, and oversee the design and implementation of appropriate campus-wide responses.   

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. 

Please note that physicians at the Student Health Center (M.D.s and D.O.s) are NOT semi-confidential resources and 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 violence.