Sexual Assault Survivor Support Information

  • 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.

    Reporting and Investigating:

    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.

    Campus Officials Phone Numbers

    • Mr. Kevin Thelen, Director of Public Safety and University Police:
    • Ms. Valerie Mercado, Compliance Officer and Title IX Coordinator, Office of Social Equity:
    • Ms. Sondra Dennison, Director of Residential Living, Deputy Title IX Coordinator:
    • Ms. Virgina Altemus, Employee Relations Director:
    • Mr. David Berberich, Assistant Director for Student Living, Punxsutawney Campus:
    • LTC Jason Freidt, BN Commander, Professor of Military Science:
    • Mr. Lou Garzarelli, Director, Executive Director and CEO, Student Cooperative Association:
    • Mr. Richard Muth, Director, Northpointe and Monroeville Campuses:
    • Dr. Michele Petrucci, Assistant Vice President for International Education and Global Engagement:
    • Ms. Paula Stossel, Division of Enrollment Management and Communications:
    • Ms. Samantha Traver, Assistant Athletic Director for Compliance/Senior Women's Administrator:
    • Mr. Theo Turner, Interim Director, Center for Student Life:

    Title IX Coordinator

    Dr. Rhonda Luckey, Vice President for Student Affairs:

    Medical Attention:

    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.

    Counseling/Advocacy Services:

    Counseling services available to the survivor are:

    • Alice Paul House serving campus in Indiana:
    • IUP’s Counseling Center, Center for Health and Well-Being:
    • HAVIN, Inc., serving Northpointe Campus:
      724-548-8888 or 800-841-8881
    • Passages, serving Punxsutawney Campus:
    • PAAR, serving Monroeville Campus:
    • Psychological counselors and clergy are not mandated by the Jeanne Clery Act to report a sexual assault incident.

    Changing Academic or Living Arrangements:

    Academic or living arrangements can be provided when the survivor’s safety or well-being is jeopardized.

    1. Academic Schedules – To discuss options, contact the Office of Advising and Testing on the Indiana campus at 724- 357-4067; the IUP at Northpointe Administrative Office at 724-294-3300; and the IUP Punxsutawney Campus Administrative Office at 814-938-6711.
    2. Campus-owned Housing – Contact your residence director.

    Students can receive assistance in contacting any of these services through the Haven Project at 724-357-4799.