Sexual assault is a serious violation of the university’s expectations and student behavioral regulations. The university recognizes that sexual assault may cause severe physical and/or emotional consequences for the survivor. Medical and mental health resources and preventive education are available to provide assistance. Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972 prohibits discrimination based on sex. Sexual harassment of students, which includes acts of sexual violence, is a form of sex discrimination prohibited by this federal law. When incidents of sexual harassment or sexual violence occur and are reported to campus officials, IUP takes immediate and effective steps to end sexual harassment and sexual violence.
University Police at 724-357-2141. University Police will assist the survivor in reporting the assault and refer him/her to the appropriate office for follow-up through the legal and/or university student conduct system. In cases requiring urgent measures, survivors should contact 911. Ensure that the survivor is in a safe and secure environment, and encourage him/her to preserve all physical evidence. When reporting the assault to University Police, the survivor relinquishes the right to decide if legal and/or university disciplinary action will be taken against the person who perpetrated the assault.
If there is reason to believe that a student has sexually assaulted another individual and the university has sufficient information to file a student conduct referral, disciplinary action will be taken by the university student conduct system regardless of whether the case is pursued by the survivor or under state, criminal, or civil codes. The student handbook, The Source, outlines the university student conduct process and can be accessed at The Source. For more information, call the Office of Student Conduct on the Indiana campus at 724-357-1264; the office director, Northpointe campus, at 724-294-3309; or the Office of the Dean, Punxsutawney campus, at 814-938-6711. Possible university sanctions for sexual assault include, but are not limited to, removal from university housing, suspension, and/or expulsion from the university. Information concerning the outcome of any such proceeding shall be available to the survivor.
Campus officials to whom crimes may be reported. See list below.
Designated Campus Officials are obligated to file a Campus Officials Report (COR) and initiate and/or refer an investigation of the incident.
The survivor should be referred to the nearest hospital if the alleged assault occurred within the last 72 hours. Evidence can be gathered to conduct medical-legal (forensic) examinations even if the survivor prefers not to prosecute at this time. An Indiana campus student can also be referred to the Health Service at 724-357-2550, if the alleged assault occurred more than 72 hours previously for medical care only. No evidence collection can occur. If Health Service is closed, refer the student to the Emergency Department of the nearest hospital. This step is important so that s/he receives proper assessment and treatment of any physical injuries sustained in the assault. It is also important to determine the survivor’s risk of sexually transmitted diseases or pregnancy and take preventive measures.
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