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     Members of the University community who are involved in incidents of racial or ethnic harassment may experience various degrees of emotional distress. Confidential Counselors are trained to deal with these matters and are available on campus to help persons address the complex reactions and feelings resulting from an encounter with racial or ethnic harassment. Concerns about racial or ethnic harassment will be treated with the maximum possible degree of confidentiality. Confidential Counselors are listed on the resources page.


Harassment Advisers

     Harassment Advisers have been specially trained to assist individuals who have concerns or questions about campus incidents of racial or ethnic harassment. Knowledgeable about University policy and procedures, these advisers are trained to handle the particular issues of race and ethnicity, and they understand and appreciate the challenge of living, studying, and working in a multicultural environment. Consequently, they are able to provide support for persons who are potential complainants or respondents in incidents of racial or ethnic harassment. Harassment Advisers are listed on the resources page.
     Under certain circumstances, conversations with Harassment Advisers may be disclosed to University officials responsible for addressing incidents of harassment. For example, an informal resolution may be inappropriate due to the seriousness of the allegation, for example, physical harm. In such cases, the University reserves the right to pursue further action.


Confidentiality

     Conversations with the Ombuds Officer, Harassment Advisers, and Confidential Counselors have different levels of confidentiality.
     Level 1, The Most Confidential Communication: Conversations with the Ombuds Officer and Confidential Counselors afford complainants and respondents the highest level of confidentiality. Conversations with the Ombuds Officer and Confidential Counselors are not disclosed to anyone (unless there is a threat of physical harm to that individual or others) without the expressed or written permission of the person seeking advice.
     Members of the University community who only wish to talk about their experience and who are gathering information about the University system for responding to incidents of racial or ethnic harassment, should first seek the advice of the Ombuds Officer or a Confidential Counselor to ensure that those conversations receive the maximum degree of protection from disclosure. The Ombuds Officer and the Confidential Counselors are listed on the resources page.
     Level 2, Private Communication: The Harassment Advisers afford complainants and respondents private but less confidential communication. While the Harassment Advisers are able to answer questions, provide guidance, discuss options, mediate disputes, and, when necessary, refer persons to other appropriate resources, the communication is less protected. For example, under certain circumstances, communications with the Harassment Advisers may be disclosed to University officials who are responsible for addressing incidents of harassment. It may be determined that the allegations constitute such a serious threat to the well-being of the community that an informal resolution is inappropriate. In such cases, the University reserves the right to pursue further action. Examples of such allegations include indications that the complainant or respondent has been or may be harmed, acts that involve serious bodily harm to other individuals or groups, or acts of destruction of private or University property. The Harassment Advisers are listed on the resources page.
     As a member of the Princeton University community, you have a right to live, work, and study in an environment free of racial and ethnic harassment. If you believe that you are or may be being harassed because of your racial or ethnic heritage, the University encourages you to use the resources available to you to get the kind of help, guidance, and support that you seek.