Confidentiality - Review the following behavioral norms at the beginning of each club meeting:
- I will not talk about something somebody else said in a meeting outside of the meeting
without their permission
- If I want to offer another participant support because of something they shared in in a
meeting, I will ask permission first by saying something like, “Are you open to talking
more about what happened in group today? I’d like to support you.”
- I will not share something said in meetings with anyone else, EXCEPT in a few
Distribute the Confidentiality Agreement and the Relationships Reporting Requirements in
Every student participating in a meeting should sign and date the Confidentiality Agreement at each meeting.
Romeo and Juliet Laws: Advisors should take some time at the beginning of any meeting where a new member is in attendance to review what is technically reportable in Texas regarding sexual behavior between youth. It is important to allow space for students to process any feelings that come up about the discriminatory nature of the laws in Texas. Advisors can also note that reporting on your part would have to involve a very specific disclosure by youth, and speaking generally about romantic relationships with physical intimacy may be helpful at various times, and would not require any specific disclosure on the part of participants. Be sure to review these requirements and confidentiality agreements with any other adults who may be joining your clubs meetings as well.
All signed Confidentiality Agreements should be kept in a locked filing system for the duration of the term or school year (as decided upon by your club) and should then be destroyed.
Download - ConfidentialityAgreement.pdf
Per the Confidentiality Agreement, if a student breaks their commitment to confidentiality, at the club’s discretion, they may be removed from the GSA.