Reporting to Confidential College Resources
- A student may report a sexual assault to the Reed College Health & Counseling Center (HCC) confidentially*
- *When a report of a sexual assault pertains to an alleged victim who is under the age of 18, some clinical staff are required to report the assault to state officials (see below for details)
- HCC staff may only inform the Dean of Student Services of the report with the student’s consent, or if there is a serious and imminent threat to the safety of the individual or of another community member
- Students can reach clinicians when the HCC is closed during the academic semesters by contacting community safety dispatch and simply requesting to be connected with the counselor on call (students do not need to give their name to access a counselor on call).
- When students request to speak with the counselor on call (COC), calls are routinely routed to ProtoCall, a service with which Reed contracts. If the student informs either Reed dispatch or ProtoCall that the call is related to sexual assault, the call will then be routed to the Reed COC.
- Seeking support from the HCC regarding a sexual assault does not obligate the student to report the incident to any other office or individual
- Seeking support from an HCC counselor regarding a sexual assault may be done at any time, regardless of whether or not a report has been made to police or community safety
- When requesting to speak with an HCC clinician, please inform the support staff arranging the appointment time that the need is “urgent” and an appointment will be made for that day (or the next business day if the HCC is closed at the time of the request)
When a student reports having survived a sexual assault to the health and counseling center, the clinician will first help to ensure that health and safety considerations are being adequately addressed. The clinician will also help the survivor identify resources and understand options as well as work with the survivor to help process her/his thoughts and feelings about the assault. This latter aspect of counseling help may occur over a series of counseling sessions. The main concern of the counselor is the support of the student.
Except as noted below, all conversations with HCC staff are completely confidential and students can discuss options in an effort to decide what will best meet their needs. Only if the clinician has the student’s consent and/or if the clinician determines that there is a serious and imminent threat to the safety of the community will s/he report to the VP/DOS
Confidentiality Exception: According to Oregon law, the Vice President/Dean of Students may be required to inform the Department of Human Services (DHS) and/or law enforcement when a report of a sexual assault pertains to an alleged victim who is under the age of 18 (http://www.oregon.gov/DHS/abuse/mandatory_report.shtml). Because this mandatory reporting requirement also applies to some clinical staff in the Health and Counseling Center (HCC), anyone wishing to report a sexual assault of a student under the age of 18 who does NOT want the assault reported to DHS or law enforcement should ask for a counselor who is not a mandatory reporter.
Counseling and mental health services at the HCC are provided by a multidisciplinary team of psychiatric mental health nurse practitioners, psychiatrists, licensed clinical psychologists, and a range of interns who are all supervised by licensed professionals. All of our clinicians are particularly suited to dealing with issues affecting college students and the unique student body at Reed. Some staff have extensive experience in working with survivors of sexual assault, others have generalist training which always includes helping individuals cope with trauma and its’ psychological and emotional consequences. HCC clinicians receive training regarding Reed’s procedures for assisting students in the event of sexual assault, as well as training in clinical issues related to assault. [insert link to HCC counseling staff here] One of the most important aspects of working with a counselor is that the student feels comfortable with the clinician. Dealing with painful and traumatic experiences can be very challenging and the HCC will work with students to help ensure that s/he feels supported by and confident in the clinician with whom he/she is working.
To meet with a clinician: During business hours (Monday – Friday, 9am to 5pm), students may connect with HCC clinicians by calling the HCC (503/777-7281) and asking to speak with a counselor or by stopping by the clinic during our hours of operation. The normal procedure of scheduling appointments involves arranging a brief telephone call for the student and clinician (either that day or by the next business day) to learn about the issue at hand and schedule a face-to-face meeting. If the student indicates that the issue is urgent, or is related to a sexual assault, the student will be given priority and will be seen that same day.
Clinicians can be reached after business hours and on weekends (during the academic semesters) by contacting community safety and asking to speak to the counselor on call (C0C). Students do not need to give their name to access a counselor on call. The counselor on call will help the student to address safety and medical concerns, identify resources and understand options, and schedule a face to face meeting for as soon as is possible.
After hours student requests to speak with the counselor on call (COC) are routinely routed to ProtoCall, a service with which Reed contracts. If the student informs either dispatch or ProtoCall that the nature of the call is related to sexual assault, the call will then be routed to the Reed COC.