Confidentiality may be offered by an individual who is not required by law to report known incidents of sexual assault or other crimes to college officials. Licensed mental health counselors, medical providers, and pastoral counselors are examples of college employees who may offer confidentiality. Siena College has designated the following as confidential resources:
- Siena College Health Services, 518-783-2554
- Siena Counseling Center, 518-783-2342
- Office of the College Chaplain and Siena College Friars, 518-783-2332
These are the only Siena College employees who can offer legally protected confidentiality. These individuals are not required to report any information about an incident to the Title IX Coordinator without a complainant’s permission.
An individual who speaks to a professional and/or pastoral counselor in these specific roles must understand that, if the individual wants to maintain confidentiality, the College will be unable to conduct an investigation into particular incidents or pursue disciplinary action against the alleged respondent.
Confidential resources may assist individuals in receiving other necessary protection and support, such as survivor advocacy, academic support or accommodations, disability, health and mental health services, changes in residence halls, and adjustments to working and course schedules in coordination with the Title IX Coordinator.
Individuals who initially request confidentiality may later decide to file a complaint with the College and/or report the incident to the Colonie Police Department, and thus have the incident investigated. Confidential resources can provide the individual with assistance in contacting the Title IX Coordinator if the individual wishes to do so.
Private, Non-Confidential Resources
Siena has designated all Faculty, Staff and Administrators, with the exception of those designated as a confidential resource, as “responsible employees”. “Responsible employees” have a duty to report incidents of sexual misconduct to the Title IX Coordinator and/or Public Safety. The information you provide to a non-confidential resource will be relayed only as necessary for the Title IX Coordinator and/or Public Safety to ensure victim/survivors safety, awareness of resources, and reporting options.