Regardless of the legal requirements and precedents generally associated with cases of domestic violence, the following steps are critical in initially responding to students who seek our advice and support in such situations:
- Students need to be informed, or reassured, that the threat of violence, or any violent behavior, real or perceived, is considered unacceptable and illegal. Implicit threats, as well as actual behaviors, are considered felonies.
- Efforts should be made to identify student's student’s support system/network, including family-based resources as well as shelters, battered women's women’s groups, etc.
- Students should be referred to campus resources such as SUPD, the Counseling Center, Health & Wellness and the Dean of Students for assistance. University resources (the Counseling Center and Health & Wellness Services) which can protect the confidentiality of students presenting with issues of domestic violence should be identified. Students should also be notified that in certain situations, mental health professionals and other University administrators may be required by law to act as mandated reporters, especially in cases where minor children remain in the family household.