Assistant Chief of Programs, Advocacy, and Outreach
The Assistant Chief of Programs, Advocacy, and Outreach serves as a confidential advisor and can generally talk to a victim without revealing any personally identifying information about an incident to the University. A victim can seek assistance and support from this contact without triggering a University investigation that could reveal the victim’s identify or that the victim has disclosed the incident.
While maintaining a victim’s confidentiality, the Assistant Chief of Programs, Advocacy, and Outreach must report the nature, date, time, and general location of an incident to Belmont University’s Title IX Coordinator. This limited report – which includes no information that would directly or indirectly identify the victim – helps keep the Title IX Coordinator informed of the general extent and nature of sexual violence on an off campus so that the Coordinator can track patterns, evaluate the scope of the problem, and formulate appropriate campus-wide responses. Before reporting any information to the Title IX Coordinator, this contact will consult with the victim to ensure that no personally identifying details are shared with the Title IX Coordinator. Following is contact information for the Assistant Chief of Programs, Advocacy, and Outreach:
A victim who speaks to the Assistant Chief of Programs, Advocacy, and Outreach must understand that, if the victim wants to maintain confidentiality, Belmont University will be unable to conduct an investigation into the particular incident or pursue disciplinary action against the alleged perpetrator.
Even so, the Assistant Chief of Programs, Advocacy, and Outreach will still assist the victim in receiving other necessary protection and support, such as victim advocacy, academic support or accommodations, disability, health or mental health services, and changes to living, working or course schedules. A victim who at first requests confidentiality may later decide to file a complaint with the school or report the incident to local law enforcement, and thus have the incident fully investigated. This individual will provide the victim with assistance if the victim wishes to do so.
NOTE: While the Assistant Chief of Programs, Advocacy, and Outreach may maintain a victim’s confidentiality vis-à-vis the University, they have the following reporting obligations under Tennessee state law: when you are believed to present an imminent danger to yourself or others; when the life or safety of a readily identifiable third party is endangered; when it is believed that a child or vulnerable adult is being subjected to abuse, neglect, or exploitation; when disclosure is made necessary by legal proceedings.
ALSO NOTE: If the University determines that the alleged perpetrator(s) pose a serious and immediate threat to the campus community, designated Campus Security Authorities may be called upon to issue a timely warning to the community. Any such warning should not include any information that identifies the victim.