Complainant Requests for Confidentiality or No Action

Rensselaer will make every reasonable effort to ensure confidentiality of the complaint process, and to protect and maintain privacy of those individuals involved in the complaint, investigation, and resolution process; and the disclosure of any sanctions imposed, except where such efforts are permitted by law.  Even Rensselaer offices and employees who cannot guarantee confidentiality will maintain your privacy to the greatest extent possible.  The information you provide to a non-confidential resource will be relayed only as necessary for the Title IX Coordinators to investigate and/or seek a resolution.  The investigation process, however, often necessitates the disclosure of the identity of parties and witnesses, and the content of the information they have provided.

If at any point the Complainant requests that his/her name or other personally identifiable information be held confidential with respect to the Respondent or decides not to pursue action by Rensselaer, the Institute will make all reasonable attempts to respond to the Complaint in a manner consistent with the Complainant’s request. However, Rensselaer’s ability to investigate and respond to the conduct may be limited. Recognizing that Rensselaer has a legal obligation to review all reports, the Institute will weigh the Complainant’s request against such factors as the seriousness of the alleged conduct, whether there have been other Complaints of a similar nature against the same Respondent, the Institute’s commitment to provide a reasonably safe and non-discriminatory environment, and the rights of the Respondent to receive notice and relevant information before disciplinary action is taken.  If Rensselaer determines that it is necessary to proceed with the Complaint process or implement other appropriate remedies, the Complainant will be notified by the Dean of Students or a Title IX Coordinator of the Institute’s chosen course of action.

Confidential care and support services are available from the Student Health Center and the Office of Religious Affairs described in the Talk To Someone page.