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Reporting a Crime

If you or someone you know experiences violence, you're not alone. Help is available.

You have the right to report sexual assault, domestic/dating violence, or stalking to the police. To file a criminal complaint, contact University Police at (724) 357-2141 or call 9-1-1. 

You have the right to report sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking. Reporting to police or university officials may seem intimidating.  You can request assistance from the Haven Project.  There are multiple ways to file a report. To file a criminal complaint, contact University Police at 724-357-2141 or call 911.

If the perpetrator is an IUP student, you can also report the violence to the university through the Office of Student Conduct at 724-357-1264. Student Conduct will investigate the alleged violence as a violation of University policy.  Information about this process and possible sanctions are available in the student handbook, The Source (http://www.iup.edu/studentconduct/thesource/default.aspx). If the perpetrator is a university employee, volunteer, or vendor, report to the Associate Vice President for Human Resources at 724-357-2341 or to the Title IX Coordinator at 724-357-3402. You can report to the university without filing a criminal complaint.

Campus security authorities (CSAs) are required to report all sexual violence to University Police or the director of public safety, including but not limited to crimes involving sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence, stalking, and hate crimes. CSAs are required to report allegations of sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence, and stalking to the Compliance Officer/Title IX Coordinator through a Campus Security Authority Report (CSAR).  

You may choose to file a criminal complaint with police and also report to the university. Or, you may choose to only report to the university. If you report to police or contact a CSAC or CSA you relinquish your choice to report to the university. Employees who become aware of sexual violence will report it to the Title IX Coordinator.  

Retaliation against individuals who report sexual harassment and/or sexual violence and/or who participate in university conduct hearings will not be tolerated and will be addressed through the appropriate university process (University Police, Student Conduct, and/or Human Resources). Retaliation includes, but is not limited to: intimidation, threats, coercion, and/or discrimination perpetrated directly, indirectly, and/or through third parties, which involves any type of media, social media, etc.

You have the option to not report the crime.  By reporting the crime the University is able to take immediate and effective steps to end sexual harassment and sexual violence.  You are still eligible for assistance through the Haven Project and other university services, whether or not you choose to report.

Confidentiality

Survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, or stalking may have questions about how their information will be safeguarded. Survivors are not required to report sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, or stalking to police or the Office of Student Conduct. You can receive university services regardless of whether or not you report sexual violence. Because the university wants to prevent future sexual violence, you are encouraged to report.

IUP recognizes and honors privilege granted by applicable statutes. IUP licensed psychologists, mental health counselors, and graduate students in the Counseling Center, licensed psychologists and graduate students in the Center for Applied Psychology, and physicians and nurse practitioners working in the Health Service, are not required to disclose any information concerning a survivor of sexual violence, including sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence, and stalking, to the IUP Compliance Officer/Title IX Coordinator without an survivor’s consent. This privilege does not apply when the survivor is a minor. 

IUP individuals who support survivors of sexual violence may provide confidential services, at the request of the survivor. Although a legally recognized privilege may not attach to these roles, the University respects the survivor’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. Confidentiality does not apply when the survivor is a minor. Unless the survivor consents to the release of his/her name, recognized individuals providing confidential services will not release the survivor’s personally identifiable information to the Compliance Officer/Title IX Coordinator. If you would like more information, contact the Title IX Coordinator at 724-357-3402.

If you have questions or would like to speak to someone about resources for survivors of violence, help is available.

Contact the Haven Project at (724) 357-4799 or the Counseling Center at (724) 357-2621. Both services are provided by the Center for Health and Well-Being, located in the Suites on Maple East.

You may also contact your local crisis hotline:

Last updated on January 29, 2015