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Title IX: Sexual Harassment and Sexual Violence Complaint Procedures

IUP is committed to an educational and work environment free from any form of sexual harassment and sexual violence. The IUP Sexual Harassment and Sexual Violence Policy provides definitions, reporting, and complaint resolution procedures.

The university’s Title IX coordinator is Ms. Valerie Mercado, compliance officer in the Office of Social Equity: vmercado@iup.edu. 724-357-3402. This position is responsible for overseeing the implementation of the university’s Sexual Harassment and Sexual Violence Policy, as well as compliance with PASSHE, the Commonwealth, and federal laws and regulations addressing sexual violence—including sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence, and stalking. The Title IX coordinator’s work is supported by a Title IX deputy coordinator, Ms. Sondra Dennison, director of Residential Living, 724-357-2696, Sondra.Dennison@iup.edu.

Reports of sexual harassment and sexual violence, including sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence, and stalking should be reported to the following:

To File a Complaint:

  • Alleged student perpetrator: Office of Student Conduct, 724-357-1264
  • Alleged employee perpetrator: Associate Vice President for Human Resources, 724-357-2431 or the Compliance Officer/Title IX Coordinator, 724-357-3402
  • Neither student or employee perpetrator: University Police, 724-357-2141
  • Unsure of whom to contact? Contact a campus security authority coordinator:
    • Mr. Kevin Thelen, director of Public Safety and University Police: 724-357-2141
    • Ms. Valerie Mercado, compliance officer and Title IX coordinator, Office of Social Equity: 724-357-3402
    • Ms. Sondra Dennison, director of Residential Living, deputy Title IX coordinator: 724-357-2696
    • Mr. Craig Bickley, associate vice president for Human Resources: 724-357-2431
    • Mr. David Berberich, assistant director for Student Living, Punxsutawney campus: 814-938-1442
    • LTC Jason Freidt, BN commander, professor of Military Science: 724-357-2399
    • Mr. Lou Garzarelli, executive director and CEO, Student Cooperative Association: 724-357-1374
    • Mr. Mark Mathe, events manager, Kovalchick Convention and Athletic Complex: 724-357-5202
    • Mr. Richard Muth, director, Northpointe and Monroeville campuses: 724-294-3309
    • Dr. Michele Petrucci, assistant vice president for International Education and Global Engagement: 724-357-2295
    • Ms. Paula Stossel, Division of Enrollment Management and Communications: 724-357-1293
    • Ms. Samantha Traver, assistant athletic director for compliance/senior women's administrator: 724-357-6948
    • Mr. Theo Turner, interim director, Center for Student Life: 724-357-2598

IUP takes immediate and effective steps to end sexual harassment and sexual violence. Retaliation against individuals reporting sexual harassment and/or sexual violence will not be tolerated and will be addressed through the appropriate university process (University Police, Student Conduct, Human Resources). Questions about IUP’s Title IX policy and protocol can be directed to: Ms. Valerie Mercado, compliance officer and Title IX coordinator in the Office of Social Equity, at vmercado@iup.edu, 724-357-3402, B-17 Delaney Hall.

The U.S. Department of Education, OCR oversees Title IX compliance. Questions may be addressed to the Office for Civil Rights (OCR).

For Support and Services:

Haven Project - Phone: 724-357-3947, haven-project@iup.edu

Health AWAREness  
Suites on Maple East, Suite G-59   
901 Maple Street  
Phone: 724-357-4799   
Health-awareness@iup.edu

Confidentiality:

IUP individuals who support alleged victims of sexual violence may provide confidential services at the request of the alleged victim. Although a legally recognized privilege may not attach to these roles, the university respects the alleged victim’s expectations of privacy to the extent permissible by law while still ensuring compliance with other reporting obligations. Individuals authorized to have confidentiality are required to report the nature, date, time, and general location of an allegation of sexual violence to the Compliance Officer/Title IX Coordinator. Individuals appointed with confidentiality for 2015–16 are listed here: Authorized Confidentiality 2015-16 (pdf)

Resources: 

Sexual Violence/Sexual Harassment Survivor Support Handout

Title IX Reporting Flow Chart

Student Internship/Field Experience Reference Manuals (Electronic and Print Views)  

Assault Victim Bill of Rights

2015–16 Training Manual (Electronic and Print Views)

2015-16 "Here's Where to Turn for Help" Handout

Resources for International Students: 

International students can access the Title IX Booklet as follows:


  • Social Equity Office
  • B17 Susan S. Delaney Hall
    920 Grant Street
    Indiana, PA 15705
  • Phone: 724-357-3402
  • Fax: 724-357-3404
  • Office Hours
  • Monday through Friday
  • 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.