Privacy Information

Engineering Student Support & Advocacy (ESSA) strives to keep our conversations with students as private as possible. We want to support the students’ agency in making decisions that are best for them, including what and when to disclose potentially traumatic information. At any point, students can request information to be private and the Case Managers will do our best to honor this request. There are a few exceptions to privacy that Case Managers must follow, including when:

  1. There is a clear and present threat to the safety of the student or others.
  2. Sexual misconduct including sexual harassment, stalking, and sexual violence is disclosed.
  3. Discrimination based on a protected class (sex, gender, marital status, pregnancy, race, color, ethnicity, national origin, immigration status, age, disability, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, military status, veteran status, or other legally protected characteristics regulated by Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and applicable state and local laws) has occurred.
  4. Past or present child abuse is disclosed.

These exceptions do not mean you cannot speak to us about these issues. We strive to provide a supportive and empathetic ear to all your concerns. However, we are required by university policy, and in some cases, by law, to file a report on these issues.

If we need to break privacy and file a report, we will let you know. You will most likely be contacted by the corresponding campus entity (for example, Office of Institutional Equity). You do not need to file a report or request an investigation, they are simply required to follow up after every report. There are rare circumstances in which a threat to campus needs to be investigated regardless of a student’s consent, but it is unlikely.

If you would like to confidentially discuss the topics listed above, you can visit one of these confidential campus sources:

All Students
  • JHU Sexual Assault Helpline – (410) 516-7333
    • 24/7 confidential service, receive information, support, and discuss options for medical care, counseling, and reporting with professional counselors
    • Knowledge is geared towards resources within Greater Baltimore and Maryland
    • Callers can remain anonymous
  • Mental Health Services – (410) 516-8278
    • 1 East 31st St, N200 | Monday – Thursday: 8:30am – 6pm, Friday: 8:30am – 5pm
    • Call to schedule a same-day/next-day Initial Consultation
    • Call 24/7 to reach an on-call counselor, just press “1”
  • Primary Care – (410) 516-5133
    • 1 East 31st St, N200
    • Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: 8:30am – 5pm, Wednesday: 1pm – 5pm, Saturday: 10am – 12pm (for urgent sick or injured patients only)
  • Gender Violence Prevention & Education – (410) 516-5133
  • Religious & Spiritual Life – (410) 516-1880
    • Chaplains work with all students regardless of religious affiliation
  • The Ombuds Office – (410) 218-6669
    • For PhD and Postdoctoral students only
    • To confidentially and informally raise an issue
Engineering for Professionals
  • Johns Hopkins Student Assistance Program (JHSAP) – (443) 287-7000
    • 24/7 confidential service, call and press “1”
    • Telemedicine with licensed clinicians available for students in Maryland, DC, Pennsylvania, and Delaware
    • Available to assist all students to find care resources in their local communities