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Confidential Resources for Students

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Confidential Resources and Offices
Offices That Are Required to Report


To help you connect with resources that are right for you and your needs, here are just some of the many resources made available by the University of Pennsylvania and the Perelman School of Medicine.

Penn has identified specific offices as confidential resources, meaning that the information you share with them will generally be held in confidence, consistent with the University's obligation to address these complaints, unless you give consent to disclose. If you have any doubt about where to turn, Penn’s HELP Line is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, at 215-898-HELP.

Confidential resources are not obligated to share identifying information with the Title IX Coordinator; however non-confidential resources* are required to report to the Title IX Coordinator if they are made aware of a student (undergraduate, graduate, or professional) who has experienced sexual violence, harassment, or other behavior prohibited by the University's Sexual Misconduct Policy.

*Non-confidential resources are still supportive of a student's well-being and will keep a student's identity and situation confidential, except when required to report to the Title IX Office.

Confidential Resources and Offices

The following confidential resources are available if you would like to discuss your experiences or concerns about sexual violence/harassment or gender discrimination. They are equipped to help you explore all of your options.

Student Health and Counseling (aka CAPS)

CAPS offers a range of services including consultation, group and individual counseling, and medication reviews. CAPS also has the Sexual Trauma and Treatment Outreach and Prevention (STTOP) Team, a group of clinicians dedicated to providing confidential care, support, and advocacy.

Penn Violence Prevention (PVP)

PVP engages the Penn community in the prevention of sexual/relationship violence, stalking, and harassment on campus. PVP works closely with a team of colleagues across campus to provide education and outreach. The staff also serve as confidential resources for students affected by sexual/relationship violence, stalking, and harassment.

Penn Women's Center (PWC)

PWC supports all students regardless of gender identity. PWC provides education, advocacy, and crisis counseling and co-facilitates support groups. PWC staff can assist victims in navigating the different resources at both Penn and in the broader community. 

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT) Center

The LGBT Center increases the general Penn community's awareness, understanding, and acceptance of its sexual and gender minority members. The Center provides outreach and education, supportive services for individuals and campus organizations, including network facilitation, and advocacy for sensitive, inclusive University policies and practices. 

The following Penn offices are also identified as confidential resources with whom you can discuss concerns, including sexual harassment and gender discrimination.

Offices That Are Required to Report

  • Central University and all 12 Schools’ Human Resources Departments
  • Senior/Vice/Associate/Assistant Provosts
  • Senior/Vice/Associate/Assistant Deans
  • The Office of Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Programs
  • The Division of Recreation and Intercollegiate Athletics
  • Student Intervention Services (SIS)
  • Office of Student Conduct (OSC)
  • Office of Staff and Labor Relations