Anonymous Reporting, Confidentiality, and Retaliation

Anonymous Reporting

For bias incident reports, the Office of Civil Rights & Title IX permits anonymous reporting on our online Report Form. A Reporting Party has the discretion to exclude personally identifiable information, such as their name and contact information, in the form. However, please be advised, without presented contact information, we are unable to provide follow-up, and the University’s options for response may be limited.

Additionally, if a Reporting Party has further concern related to anonymity, bias incident reports may be submitted to AlertLine, a third-party agency for reporting concerns at the University. AlertLine is staffed by non-University employees, relays anonymous reports to the University, and allows the Reporting Party an option for follow-up regarding their anonymous report. Please be advised, AlertLine is not an emergency response service.

AlertLine reports may be submitted online or toll-free at (866) 858-4456.

Confidentiality

Because the University may have an obligation to address certain reports, we cannot guarantee complete confidentiality where it would conflict with the University’s obligation to investigate meaningfully or, where warranted, take corrective action. Regardless of the situation, personal information will generally only be shared with individuals on a need-to-know basis, in compliance with University policy. 

Additionally, please be advised of the University’s Responsible Employee Program. Should a bias incident related to sexual misconduct be disclosed to a Responsible Employee, such disclosures must be reported to the Office of Civil Rights & Title IX, whereas only certain employees at the University, such as mental health counselors, physicians, nurses, and clergy, can maintain confidentiality

Should you have experienced or witnessed a bias incident and you wish to speak to someone confidentially, the Office of Civil Rights & Title IX suggests specific campus and local Confidential Resources for such services.

Retaliation

Retaliation is strictly prohibited at the University, as outlined in the Office of Civil Rights & Title IX’s Policies, Procedures, and Practices. Retaliation may be experienced by an individual, whether actual or perceived, for having made a bias incident report to our office, participated in services or processes provided by our office, and/or supported a party utilizing services or processes provided by our office. If you experience retaliation, we encourage you to report such conduct to us through our online Report Form or via email at titleixcoordinator@pitt.edu.