As a result of the 1998 amendments to 20 U.S.C Section 1092 (f), clarification was given to those considered to be campus security authorities. Campus “Pastoral Counselors” and Campus “Professional Counselors,” when acting as such are not considered to be a campus security authority and are not required to report crimes for inclusion in the annual disclosure of crime statistics.
A Professional Counselor is defined as an employee of an institution whose official responsibilities include providing psychological counseling to members of the institution’s community and who is functioning within the scope of his or her license or certification.
Staff in the College’s Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine serve as Professional Counselors for the student population and are encouraged, if they deem it appropriate, to inform persons being counseled of the procedures to report crimes to Public Safety on a voluntary basis for inclusion into the annual crime statistics.
MCW employees may also utilize the College’s Employee Assistance Program (EAP) for counseling services. The EAP may refer employees to the College’s Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine for assistance. MCW has no pastoral counselors.