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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: . The coordinator’s responsibilities include overseeing the university’s process related to all complaints of sexual misconduct and identifying and addressing any patterns or systemic problems that arise during the process of investigation.

There are two Title IX Deputies:
Title IX Deputy for Student Behavior: Ms. Kate Linder,, 724-357-1264
Title IX Deputy for Training: Ms. Sondra Dennison,, 724-357-2696

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 report - Contact a Campus Security Authority Coordinator:
    • Director of Public Safety: 724-357-2141
    • Ms. Kate Linder, Associate Dean of Students, Deputy Title IX Coordinator, Student Conduct: 724-357-1264
    • Ms. Sondra Dennison, Assistant Dean, Living/Learning, Deputy Title IX Coordinator, Training: 724-357-2696
    • Ms. Valerie Mercado, Compliance Officer, Title IX Coordinator, Office of Social Equity: 724-357-3402
    • Ms. Samantha Goettman, Assistant Compliance Officer, Intercollegiate Athletics: 724-357-2782
    • Mr. Lou Garzarelli, Director, Operations, Student Cooperative Association: 724-357-1374
    • Mr. Bob Smith, Events Manager, Kovalchick Convention and Athletic Complex: 724-357-5202
    • Mr. Richard Muth, Director, Northpointe Campus: 724-294-3309
    • Ms. Paula Stossel, Assistant Dean for Administration, School of Graduate Studies; Director, Monroeville Graduate and Professional Center: 724-357-1293
    • Mr. Theo Turner, Assistant Dean of Students, Punxsutawney Campus: 814-938-6711

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 in the Office of Social Equity, at, 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, Health AWAREness  
Suites on Maple East, Suite G-59   
901 Maple Street  
Phone: 724-357-4799


Sexual Violence/Sexual Harassment Survivor Information (Training Handout)
Title IX Reporting Flow Chart
Student Internship/Field Experience Reference Manuals ( Electronic and Print Views)  
Assault Victim Bill of Rights

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.