Confidential Resource Advisors (CRA’s) are WPI employees (not pastoral counselors, professional counselors, or therapists) who have received special training to be a confidential source of support for WPI community members.
Speaking with a CRA means that no report will be made to the Title IX Office or the WPI Police Department, unless required by law. Reporting to a CRA is not considered notice to WPI that Sexual Misconduct has allegedly occurred.
CRA’s can provide information on reporting options and the effects of each reporting option; the grievance processes under this Policy; counseling and medical services available at WPI and in the local community; and the legal process carried out through local law enforcement and a WPI community member’s rights and WPI’s responsibilities with respect to no-contact orders and legal protective orders. CRAs may assist a WPI community member in contacting or reporting to the Title IX Office or law enforcement, if requested by the WPI community member. CRAs can provide information on supportive measures at WPI may also assist the Title IX Office in arranging supportive measures for a WPI community member if requested. A CRA can continue to be a source of support throughout the process and can serve as your advisor during the grievance process if you and the CRA agree.
Any party involved in a Sexual Misconduct incident can speak with a CRA, but CRAs may not provide services to adverse parties. WPI will not discipline, penalize, or otherwise retaliate again a CRA for representing the interest of the party they are assisting. Communications with a CRA are confidential and CRAs must ensure that confidentiality is maintained, unless otherwise required by law. Specifically:
- CRAs will not disclose confidential information without the prior written consent of the party who shared that information; provided, however that the CRA may be cross-examined if the CRA testifies at the hearing under this Policy or in court after being given written consent to do so by the party.
- Communications with CRAs will not be subject to discovery and will be inadmissible in the grievance process under this Policy or in court without the prior written consent of the party who shared that information.
Other confidential resources include:
- Student Development & Counseling Center (for WPI students only): Phone 508-831-5540, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Student Health Services (for WPI students only): Phone 508-831-5520, email@example.com
- WPI Collegiate Religious Center’s Religious Advisors
- WPI Ombudspersons: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Pathways for Change Rape Crisis Center: Phone 800-870-5905 (24/7 hotline)
- YWCA Daybreak: Phone 508-755-9030 (24/7 hotline)
Complainants- Deciding what to do after experiencing a Title IX / Sexual Misconduct incident/situation can be difficult. You can speak with a CRA about what has happened confidentially. This means that nothing Speaking with a CRA means that no report will be made to the Title IX Office or the WPI Police Department, unless required by law. The CRAs can assist you with obtaining other resources and can help you decide what, if any, of your reporting options you wish to pursue. Your CRA can continue to be a source of support throughout the rest of the process, no matter what option you choose.
Respondents - It can be difficult to decide what to do when accused of violating WPI’s the Interim Title IX & Sexual Misconduct Policy . You can speak with a CRA about what has happened confidentially. This means that speaking with a CRA means that no report will be made to the Title IX Office or the WPI Police Department, unless required by law. CRA’s can also work with you when it comes to decisions regarding support services, resources, and options available to you. Your CRA can continue to be a source of support throughout the entire pro cess. Unless indicated otherwise, every CRA can assist any member of the WPI community (staff, faculty, students, visitors) regardless of whether they are a complainant or a respondent.