Will it be confidential if I talk to a Penn staff or faculty member?

Tuesday, July 20, 2021

All staff members at Penn are expected to control information students share with the utmost sensitivity. If students speak with a staff member that is not designated as a confidential office, they are obligated to inform the AVP/Title IX Coordinator. This procedure is to ensure that students are made fully aware of their reporting and support options, as well as their rights.

Both Counseling and Psychological Services and Student Health Service are strictly confidential and are committed to upholding federal/state laws that require privacy practices. Please see their respective websites for more information.

Some additional offices have been designated as confidential for students who wish to seek guidance and support. These include the Penn Women’s Center and Special Services. Discussing a matter with these offices is not considered a report to the University or a request that any action be taken by the University in response to an allegation unless specifically requested by the student.

The support and reporting offices outlined on the Get Help page will honor students’ requests to keep reports confidential to the extent permitted by law, and to the extent consistent with the University’s obligation to investigate allegations. Students are encouraged to inquire about confidentiality when seeking assistance and support from varying offices.