Requests for Confidentiality
Different Pitt employees have different abilities to maintain a victim’s confidentiality.
Some employees may talk with a victim in confidence, and only report to the University that an incident occurred without revealing any personally identifying information. These types of individuals are listed below. Disclosures to these employees will not trigger a University inquiry into an incident.
Privileged and Confidential Communications for Professional and Pastoral Counselors
Professional, licensed counselors and pastoral counselors who provide mental-health counseling to members of the University community (and including those who act in that role under the supervision of a licensed counselor) are not required to report any information about an incident to the Title IX coordinator without a victim’s permission.
Contact information for professional and pastoral counselors:
Sexual Harassment & Assault Response and Education (SHARE)
Part of the University Counseling Center
SHARE provides specialized counseling services designed to assist students who have experienced sexual assault, dating violence, stalking and harassment.
Call 412-648-7930 (M-F 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.) or 412-648-7856 (after hours and weekends).
Privileged and Confidential Communications for Medical Staff, Counselors and Advocates
Individuals who work or volunteer on-campus in the Student Health Service, including front desk staff and students, can generally talk to a victim without revealing any personally identifying information about an incident to the University. A victim can seek assistance and support from these individuals without triggering a University investigation that could reveal the victim’s identity or that the victim has disclosed the incident, unless required by Pennsylvania law.
For additional information on confidentiality, please visit the SHARE Web site.
All other University of Pittsburgh employees, including faculty members and Residence Life staff, are known as "Responsible Employees" and are required to report all the details of an incident (including the identities of both the victim and alleged perpetrator) to the Title IX coordinator. A report to these a responsible employee constitutes a report to the University – and generally obligates the University to investigate the incident and take appropriate steps to address the situation. View additional information about Responsible Employees.