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Confidential Resources FAQ

What do confidential employees do with students’ information?

Confidential employees will take great care to safeguard any information you share with them. Information disclosed to a confidential employee will be used to support you. Please click on the links below to learn more about the confidentiality policies for campus offices most commonly used by students:

Will confidential employees contact students’ parents?

No. Confidential employees will generally not contact a students’ parents.

What if a confidential employee has multiple roles on campus (teach/oversee clinic, graduate student counselor/GE teaching class)?

Confidential employees may not disclose information disclosed to them with three exceptions:

  • Confidential employees may share information with UO’s Title IX Coordinator if there is an imminent threat to the health and safety of another individual. This rarely occurs.
  • Conversations with confidential employees that occur outside of their professional role are not privileged, though most such conversation will be kept private.
  • Confidential employees with supervisory responsibility for other staff members may not keep information disclosed to them by other employees confidential.

Why aren’t assisting employees also confidential?

While university employees will keep information disclosed by students private, most university employees do not work in professions that allow for legally protected confidential communications. Confidential campus offices include University Health Services (Counseling and Health Services) employees, the Ombuds Program, Confidential Advocates, the Respondent Resource Coordinator, as well as attorneys who represent students in university processes.

Who are confidential employees?

Please see the Support and Resources page for confidential support options.