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Confidentiality

OU Advocates are a confidential resource, which means personally identifiable information, such as your name, ID number, and address, will not be disclosed to camps or law enforcement without your consent.  Meeting with an Advocate will not trigger an investigation.

We are not mandatory reporters, so we will not share your information with the Sexual Misconduct Office.

Advocates will always ask for your permission to follow-up with you.  Advocates will work with the OU Advocates Coordinator to coordinate any services such as counseling appointments or meetings at the Sexual Misconduct Office.  The Coordinator will maintain confidentiality, but OU Advocates report to the Coordinator to ensure you receive all necessary follow-up and referral services that you want and need.

There are a few exceptions to confidentiality including:

Under the Clery Act, advocates are identified as campus security authorities.  If you disclose a sexual assault, domestic violence, or other type of gender-based violence that happened on campus or campus property, we have to disclose non-identifying information with OUPD.  The information includes type of incident, general location of incident, and date.  We do not disclose your name, ID number, specific location, or other identifying information.

If an advocate is told about a case that involves child abuse or neglect, we are mandated by law to report the incident to DHS, law enforcement, and the Institutional Equity Office if the case involves sexual misconduct.

If the victim poses a danger to themselves or others, the advocate has a duty to warn and protect.