Privacy and Confidentiality

Those who have experienced sex discrimination should know that all University employees (Residence Directors, Safety Services Officers, Staff members, etc.) excluding University Counseling Center Staff, designated Spiritual Life Staff, and other University Officials bound by confidentially standards, must report known felonies to the police, either directly or through Safety Services. University Counseling Center staff, designated Spiritual Life Staff, and other University Officials bound by confidentially standards are not required to disclose knowledge of felonies reported to them except when necessary to prevent harm.

Persons who would like to report an incident or speak to someone about something that happened and desire that details of the incident be kept confidential, should speak with staff members of the Counseling Center, the Dean of Spiritual Life or off-campus rape crisis resources, who will maintain confidentiality. Campus counselors are available to help students and employees free of charge and can be seen on an emergency basis.

All inquiries, complaints and Investigations are treated with discretion. Information is revealed as law and policy permit. However, the identity of the Reporting Party is usually revealed to the Respondent(s) of such conduct and any Witnesses with the consent of the Reporting Party. Publicizing information about alleged sex discrimination or retaliation is strictly prohibited and may be considered a violation of University Policy.

The Title IX coordinator shall maintain all information in secure files pertaining to a complaint or Investigation.

Federal Statistical Reporting Obligations. Certain campus officials (campus security officials) have a duty to report violations of this policy for federal statistical reporting purposes. All personally identifiable information is kept private but statistical information must be passed along to campus safety services regarding the type of incident and its general location (on or off-campus, in the surrounding area, but no addresses are given) for publication in the annual Campus Security Report. This report helps to provide the community with a clear picture of the extent and nature of campus crime to ensure greater community safety.

Federal Timely Warning Reporting Obligations. The Reporting Party(ies) of sex discrimination should also be aware that University administrators must issue timely warnings for certain types of incidents reported to them that pose a substantial threat of bodily harm or danger to members of the campus community. The University will make every effort to ensure that a Reporting Party's name and other identifying information is not disclosed, while still providing enough information for community members to make safety decisions in light of the danger.

Immunity for Reporting Party(ies) and Witnesses. The University community encourages the reporting of Sex Discrimination and Code of Conduct violations. Sometimes, Reporting Parties are hesitant to report to University Officials because they fear that they themselves may be charged with policy violations, such as underage drinking at the time of the incident. It is in the best interest of this community that as many Reporting Parties as possible choose to report to University Officials.

To encourage reporting, the University pursues a policy of offering Reporting Parties of Sex Discrimination and Sexual Misconduct limited immunity from being charged with policy violations related to the particular incident. While violations to policy cannot be completely overlooked, the University will provide educational options rather than punishment, in such cases.

An individual who participates as a Reporting Party or Witness in an Investigation of Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, Intimate Partner Violence or Stalking will not be subject to disciplinary Sanctions for a violation of the University’s Student and/or employee conduct policy at or near the time of the incident, unless the institution determines that the violation was egregious, including but not limited to, an action that places the health or safety of any other person at risk or involves plagiarism, cheating or academic dishonesty.

CBU's Commitment

California Baptist University is committed to providing a learning, working and living environment that promotes personal integrity, civility and mutual respect in an environment free of discrimination on the basis of sex, which includes all forms of sexual misconduct. Sex discrimination violates an individual's fundamental rights and personal dignity. CBU considers sex discrimination and sexual misconduct in all forms to be a serious offense. Sexual misconduct includes but is not limited to: Sexual Harassment, Sexual Assault, Sexual Exploitation, Domestic Violence, and Intimate Partner Violence by employees, students or third parties.