If you wish that your identity and the details of an incident be kept confidential, there are some resources available to you: on-campus mental health counselors, campus health service providers, or off-campus rape crisis resources can maintain this level of confidentiality.
You may wish to consider this option if you:
- Would like to know about support and assistance, but are not sure if you want to pursue formal action against the individual, or
- Have questions or would like to process what happened with someone without involving police or those responsible for campus disciplinary procedures
- Do not want the person(s) who harmed you to know that you are seeking help or support
The following campus resources are considered confidential, which means that they can assist you without disclosing your personal identity to others at the College. The only exceptions to this are 1) concern for imminent danger or 2) sexual abuse of a minor. As we want to address campus concerns of sexual violence or harassment, these campus offices may still report to the Title IX Coordinator(s) if they perceive that there are patterns of harassment or violence occurring in certain locations or groups within the campus. In those cases, your personal identity will not be shared. The confidential resources on campus are:
You can also report to NW CASA at 888-802-8890 to obtain support off-campus. NW CASA will not share your identity with Harper, but has the same obligation as the resources above to report if there is a concern for imminent danger.
If you are the victim of a crime and do not want to pursue action within the College system or the criminal justice system, you may still want to consider making a confidential report. With your permission, the Chief of Police or a designee of the Harper College Police Department can file a report on the details of the incident without revealing your identity. The purpose of a confidential report is to comply with your wish to keep the matter confidential, while taking steps to ensure the future safety of yourself and others. With such information, the College can keep accurate records of the number of incidents involving students, determine where there is a pattern of crime with regard to a particular location, method, or assailant, and alert the campus community to potential danger. Reports filed in this manner are counted and disclosed in the annual crime statistics for the college.
What about anonymous reporting?
If you would like to report an incident but remain anonymous, you can do so using the College’s online incident reporting form. Just leave your name and contact information off the form. The College will still investigate the situation to the best of its ability without your involvement beyond filing the initial reporting form.