Confidentiality within Maricopa Community Colleges
The Maricopa County Community College District (MCCCD) has designated a Title IX/504 Coordinator at each college. If a victim discloses an incident to a responsible employee or directly to the Title IX/504 Coordinator, but wishes to maintain confidentiality or requests that no investigation into a particular incident be conducted or disciplinary action taken, the Title IX/504 Coordinator must weigh that request against MCCCD’s obligation to provide a safe, non-discriminatory environment for all students, including the victim.
When weighing a victim’s request for confidentiality or that no investigation or discipline be pursued, the campus’ Title IX/504 Coordinator will consider a range of factors, including the following:
- The increased risk that the accused individual will commit additional acts of sexual or other violence, such as:
- whether there have been other sexual violence complaints about the same accused individual; or whether the accused individual has a history of arrests or records from a prior school indicating a history of violence;
- whether the accused individual threatened further sexual violence or other violence against the victim or others;
- whether the sexual violence was committed by multiple individuals;
- whether the sexual violence was perpetrated with a weapon;
- whether the victim is a minor;
- whether MCCCD possesses other means to obtain relevant evidence of the sexual violence (e.g., security cameras or personnel, physical evidence);
- whether the victim’s report reveals a pattern of perpetration (e.g., via illicit use of drugs or alcohol) at a given location or by a particular group.
The presence of one or more of these factors could lead MCCCD to investigate and, if appropriate, pursue disciplinary action. If none of these factors are present, MCCCD will likely respect the victim’s request for confidentiality.
If MCCCD determines that it cannot maintain a victim’s confidentiality, MCCCD will inform the victim prior to starting an investigation and will, to the extent possible, only share information with people responsible for handling the college’s response. MCCCD will remain mindful of the victim’s well-being, will take ongoing steps to protect the victim from retaliation or harm, and will work with the victim to create a safety plan. Retaliation against the victim, whether by students or MCCCD employees, will not be tolerated. MCCCD will also:
- assist the victim in accessing other available victim advocacy, academic support, counseling, disability, health or mental health services, and legal assistance both on and off campus (see portion of policy identifying these);
- provide other security and support, which could include issuing a no-contact order, helping arrange a change of living or working arrangements or course schedules (including for the accused individual pending the outcome of an investigation) or adjustments for assignments or tests; and
- inform the victim of the right to report a crime to campus or local law enforcement, and provide the victim with assistance if the victim wishes to do so.
MCCCD may not require a victim to participate in any investigation or disciplinary proceeding.
If MCCCD honors the request for confidentiality, a victim must understand that MCCCD’s ability to meaningfully investigate the incident and pursue disciplinary action against the accused individual(s) may be limited. Although rare, there are times when MCCCD may not be able to honor a victim’s request in order to provide a safe, non-discriminatory environment for all students. If MCCCD determines that it can respect a victim’s request for confidentiality, MCCCD will also take immediate action as necessary to protect and assist the victim.
Other Confidential Resources
Sexual misconduct can be a complex and painful experience that can require many different types of support including medical, legal, psychological, and academic resources. There are no employees within Maricopa who can guarantee complete confidentiality; however, there are resources outside of Maricopa that you may wish to have a confidential conversation with about your options and what next steps you would like to take.
National Sexual Assault Hotline and Website
Access free, 24/7 local crisis support online or by calling 1-800-856-HOPE (4673). For more information, visit ohl.rainn.org/online.
Off-Campus Counselors, Advocates and Resources
Off-campus counselors, advocates, and health care providers will also generally maintain confidentiality and not share information with MCCCD unless the victim requests the disclosure and signs a consent or waiver form.
- GLBTQ Domestic Violence Project
- Domestic Violence 24 Hour Hotline: 1-800-832-1901
- The Network/La Red
- 24 Hour Crisis Line for GLBTQA Survivors: (617) 742-4911(v); (617) 227-4911(TTY)
- National Coalition Against Domestic Violence
- 24 Hour Hotline: 1-800-799-7233 (SAFE); 1-800-787-3224 (TTY)
- Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network (RAINN)
- Phone: 1-800-656-HOPE
- Womenspace National Network to End Violence Against Immigrant Women
- 24 Hour Hotline: (609) 394-9000
- A New Leaf
- Advocacy: (602) 372-7605
- Hotline: 1-844-SAFEDVS
- Arizona Coalition to End Sexual and Domestic Violence
- Legal advocacy: (602) 279-2900; (800) 782-6400
- Hours of Operation: 8:30 am 5:00 pm, Monday-Friday
- Autumn House
- 24 Hour Crisis Line: (480) 835-5555
- 24 Hour Hotline: (602) 944-4999
- Programs and Services: (602) 955-9059
- 24 Hour Hotline: (602) 263-8900; 1-800-799-7739
- Faith House
- 24 Hour Crisis Line: (623) 939-6798
- Glendale Family Advocacy Center
- Hours of Operation: Monday-Friday 7 am to 5 pm
- Phone: (623) 930-3720
- Shelter Without Walls
- Phone (English): (602) 452-4640
- Phone (Spanish): (602) 534-3087
- Sojourner Center
- Crisis Line: (602) 244-0089; (602) 889-1610 (TDD)
- Southwest Family Advocacy Center
- Phone: (623) 333-7900