Confidentiality and Reporting Sexual Assault and Harassment

University Counseling Services

You may pursue counseling following a sexual assault, no matter how much time has elapsed since the incident. Counseling services are confidential (see grid below for definition), except when disclosure is necessary to prevent imminent harm to self or others.

Other resources, on- and off-campus are listed below. To ask find out about other community counseling resources, call 368-5872 (after 5 p.m., weekends, and holidays, call 844-8892). All inquiries are confidential.

What are my resources and how can they help me?

Who

What they offer

Case Police

24 hours
368-3333
Primary student safety contact. Provides transportation to the hospital, collects preliminary information; serves as a liaison with local and university police and community resources. Deals with immediate and long-term safety issues.

University Hospitals
Case Medical Center

216-3733
Primary on-campus hospital service. Assesses and treats students’ immediate medical and mental health needs. Equipped to administer an evidence collection kit for testing if legal action is pursued. These health care services typically are subject to physician/patient privileged* confidentiality, although the privilege may not apply if the patient is under age 18.

Cleveland Rape Crisis Center

24 hours
216-619-6192
Off-campus resource dedicated to serving all survivors and their supporters at any point following their experience of sexual violence. Provides direct service, advocacy, education, training, and activism.

University Counseling Services

Monday-Friday
8:30-5:00 pm.
368-5872
After 5:00 pm. weekdays & holidays
216-844-8892 (ask to speak to the Counselor on Call)
A privileged and confidential university resource to assist students who feel that they have been sexually assaulted. Provides counseling, an opportunity to discuss your feelings, and help you understand how to best manage/cope with what has happened. Works with you to determine what steps you want to pursue.

University Health Service

Monday-Friday
8:30-4:30 pm.
After 4:30 pm. weekdays & holidays
216-368-2450
A privileged and confidential university resource to assist you with any health related concern, including those related to sexual assault. The Health Service Staff is also available to assist you in identifying other resources.

Housing, Residence Life & Greek Life

South Campus 216-650-8948
North Campus 216-650-8949
The Residence Hall and Greek Life Staff are a source to whom sexual assaults may be reported. They provide 24-hour residential student contact to help students identify and use on- and off-campus resources. To ensure that all appropriate university resources are made available, residential staff are required to forward all reports to the University Office of Student Affairs.

The Flora Stone Mather Center for Women

Monday-Friday: 8:30am-5:00pm
216-368-0985
Wade Resource Center:
Monday - Friday by appointment
A university resource for women and men. Offers group discussions and presentations on a variety of issues related to sexual assault and to women's health and relationships. The Women’s Health Advocate is available for privileged and confidential one-on-one consultation during designated times.

University Office of Student Affairs

Monday-Friday
8:30 am-5:30 pm
368-2020
A confidential but not privileged university resource to assist students in determining what has occurred, and to work with students to identify their university and off-campus options. In addition, if a student decides to pursue university judicial action, the University Office of Student Affairs is responsible for adjudicating Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment cases.

* privileged means communication that is protected by a legal privilege that prevents the treating practitioner from disclosing information without the consent of the patient.

** confidential means that communicating generally will not be disclosed, but is not subject to a legal privilege and could be subject to disclosure in certain circumstances.

The university recognizes that a person who has been sexually assaulted retains the right not to pursue either criminal prosecution or a university judicial proceeding. However, those who have been sexually assaulted are strongly encouraged to pursue internal disciplinary and/or criminal processes. If you have been sexually assaulted and choose to pursue internal disciplinary procedures, you can expect a supportive response throughout the disciplinary process.

Once a report of sexual assault is made, the university may be obligated to alert the campus community of the report if the crime is deemed to be a threat to members of the campus community. In making these determinations, the university will consider the safety of students, faculty, and staff as well as the privacy interests of all persons involved. Regardless of the action taken by the university, the names of any person involved will not appear on security alerts.

Graduate and professional students can report an incident of sexual assault to their respective student affairs office.