The Reflect Organization (Reflect) is a national 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering students to foster a culture of allyship, authenticity, and self-love on campus. Reflect is not a mental health provider, nor do Reflect’s employees, volunteers, and campus chapter and campus program site members act as mental health professionals. The points below are provided for informational purposes only and do not constitute legal advice to Reflect chapters and program sites or their members regarding their obligations under federal or state law, or institutional policies. Reflect encourages chapters and program sites and their members to consult with their host institutions.
Reflect is not a mandatory reporter of suspected child abuse under Pennsylvania law. The reporting obligations of chapters and program sites and their members are governed by applicable state law. Regardless of (any lack of) legal reporting obligations, Reflect encourages the reporting of suspected child abuse.
Duty to Warn
The principle of “Duty to Warn” generally imposes a duty on mental health professionals to warn of a danger posed by a patient when the patient makes imminent threats of serious bodily injury against a specifically or readily identifiable third party. Because its employees are not acting as mental health professionals, Reflect is not subject to this principle and has no legal duty to warn. Reflect encourages chapters and program sites and their members to consult with campus resources and/or follow appropriate safety procedures in the event that there is a threat of harm against oneself and/or an identifiable third party.
Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in education programs and activities operated by recipients of federal financial assistance. Reflect does not receive such funding and, therefore, is not bound by Title IX’s implementing regulations, including with respect to responding to reports of sexual misconduct. Reflect encourages chapters and program sites and their members to consult with their respective campuses to confirm any reporting obligations applicable to them.