Private vs. Confidential Resources
The university is committed to protecting the privacy of all individuals involved in a report of Sexual Misconduct or Relationship Violence. In any report made under these Standards and Protocols, the privacy interests of those involved will be protected in a manner consistent with the need to respond to and to conduct a thorough review of the incident reported. Information will be shared only with those individuals who have a legitimate need to know the information in order to assist in the response to, investigation and/or resolution of the complaint.
Confidentiality, on the other hand, is not the same as privacy.; Confidentiality means that the information shared with a certain university employee or outside professional cannot be disclosed to others without the express permission of the individual who shared the information. Confidential reporting options can be found below.
For additional information about the differences between privacy and confidentiality, please refer to section III of the University's Sexual Misconduct and Relationship Violence Reporting and Response Standards and Protocols.
Private Campus Resources
Campus Assault Resources and Education (C.A.R.E.) is University of San Diego's primary resource to provide support, resources and education to the student community pertaining to sexual assault and sexual exploitation. The University of San Diego does not tolerate sexual assault and has implemented a comprehensive effort that reinforces a culture of prevention, response and accountability that ensures the safety, dignity and well-being of all members of our community. Sexual misconduct and relationship violence in any form are antithetical to the university's mission and core values, violate university policy, and may also violate federal and state law.
CARE Advocates are specially trained to provide support to USD students who are impacted by Sexual Misconduct or Relationship Violence. An Advocate can help answer questions about the multiple processes involved in reporting, facilitate appropriate referrals to resources for USD students who have been impacted by sexual assault, harassment, and/or partner violence and are available to accompany students to Public Safety, and/or an interview with Law Enforcement. Specific CARE Advocates can be reached directly during regular business hours.
You may reach a CARE Advocate at any time, 24 hours a day/7 days a week, through the Department of Public Safety's Dispatch Office at (619) 260-2222. When you call, you should ask specifically to speak with a CARE Advocate and you may do so without providing any information other than your contact information so that a CARE Advocate can contact you.
Public Safety Officers respond to crimes and medical emergencies and can provide other general assistance. Officers can facilitate reporting through the San Diego Police Department as well as anonymous and confidential campus reporting.
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Public Safety Escort
Public Safety can provide a safe escort throughout the evenings to any location on-campus or with-in one mile of campus.
SHC professional staff members are available for consultation, assessment, medical treatment, evaluation and prevention of sexually transmitted diseases, as well as consultation for other health concerns.
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Emergencies after hours: 619-260-2222
The Women's Center is a student-centered learning community that provides resources and engages women and men in educational dialogue around gender-related issues. The Center advocates for a safe, supportive campus environment that promotes equity among all voices. Staff members are available for consultation and to provide information and assistance in making a report and/or accessing support services on- and off-campus.
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Confidential Campus Resources
If you wish to obtain confidential assistance without making a report to USD may do so by speaking confidentially with professionals who are obligated by law to maintain confidentiality, subject to the stated terms of confidentiality by that office. At USD, students may speak confidentially with any of the professionals listed below.
Information shared with the Counseling Center, Center for Health and Wellness Promotion and University Ministry will not be shared without consent, unless the disclosure is specifically permitted or required by law, such as when the circumstances pose an imminent risk of harm to self or others or where the report involves the suspected abuse of a minor under the age of 18.
The Counseling Center provides free, confidential, counseling services to enrolled students. Most students' counseling needs can be readily addressed by the center's professional staff, which includes psychologists, carefully selected and supervised trainees from doctoral programs in clinical and counseling psychology, and a contract psychiatrist.
The easiest way to secure services is by coming to the center (located in Serra 300) during walk-in hours, but initial appointments can also be arranged by telephone (call 619-260-4655). Walk-in hours are available whenever undergraduate classes are in session (when classes are not in session, call the center to confirm our walk-in schedule).
11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays
11:00 a. m. to 5:00 p.m., Wednesdays
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The Center for Health and Wellness Promotion strives to increase students' knowledge, facilitate their motivation to change unhealthy behaviors related to alcohol and other drug (AOD) use, and to reduce the risk of personal and community harm secondary to AOD use. The Center for Health and Wellness Promotion provides individual clinical consultations, assessments, education, 12-step facilitation and support, and referrals to students. Please review the various student services available on their website for more detailed information or contact their office at (619) 260-4618 if you have any questions.
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University Ministry is committed to promoting the integration of personal and informed faith, the principles and practice of Catholic Social Thought, and the knowledge and experience of Christian living for the entire USD community. Communication with pastoral counselors or members of the clergy who work for USD, provided that the communication occurs with the counselor or clergy member in his/her pastoral role, are confidential. This does not apply to resident ministers.
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