Sexual Violence Judicial Advocates and Confidentiality
While Sexual Violence Judicial Advocates can keep a student’s identify confidential, Advocates are required by federal law to report information about the incident, including the date, time, and general location, to the Title IX Coordinator.
Advocates work directly with victims to explain their rights within the campus judicial system and help them prepare for any judicial proceedings. One of the biggest benefits of working with Advocates is the support they provide, such as attending meetings and accompanying the student during the judicial process.
What to Expect
In an Immediate Crisis Situation
Advocates may encourage students to seek medical attention, help develop a plan of action and provide information, options, referrals, and comfort. Visit Get Help now.
Beyond the Immediate Crisis Situation
In addition to providing direct services to the survivor, Advocates also work to ensure that WPI judicial processes are fair, sensitive, and do not encourage victim-blaming from the community.
Partnering with the Student Development & Counseling Center (SDCC)
Advocates work closely with the SDCC and participate in WPI’s Sexual Assault and Violence Education Committee. Students, survivors, and friends may call an Advocate anonymously and receive support and information. If the student chooses to provide his or her name, it will be maintained in confidence.