Sexual Discrimination and Sexual Misconduct Resources

  • IUP is committed to an educational and work environment free from any form of sexual discrimination or other prohibited sexual misconduct. Resources and support services are available to the university community.

    Sexual discrimination and misconduct include:

    • Sexual harassment
    • Non-consensual sexual contact
    • Non-consensual sexual intercourse
    • Sexual exploitation
    • Retaliation

    The IUP Sexual Discrimination and Sexual Misconduct Policy provides detailed definitions, reporting guidelines, and complaint resolution procedures. Elise Glenn, chief Diversity and Inclusion officer, is also the IUP Title IX coordinator and is responsible for overseeing the implementation of the policy. She can be reached through the Social Equity and Title IX Office: title-ix@iup.edu, eglenn@iup.edu, or 724-357-3402. The US Department of Education, OCR, oversees Title IX compliance. Questions may be addressed to the Office for Civil Rights.     

    Reporting

    All IUP employees (including faculty, staff, managers, student employees, administrators), contractors, vendors, and designated volunteers are deemed “Responsible Employees” and are required to immediately report actual or suspected sexual discrimination or sexual misconduct to the Title IX coordinator (contact information listed above).

    Retaliation against individuals reporting such conduct, or participating in an investigative or administrative process, will not be tolerated and will be addressed through the appropriate university process.

    Other Contact Information

    Confidentiality

    All have a duty to report, unless they have been designated as having privilege or are considered a confidential employee (licensed counselors, clinical psychologists, medical staff, and victim advocates). IUP may provide confidential services as requested by alleged victims of sexual violence. 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 misconduct to the Title IX coordinator. 

    Campus Security Authorities

    By virtue of their job or position function, Campus Security Authorities (CSAs) are required to report crimes that have been brought to their attention. For more information, and a complete list of individuals/organizations identified as such, please visit the IUP Office of Public Safety.

    Examples of CSA contacts include:

    • Director of Public Safety and Chief of Police: Kevin Thelen: 724-357-2141
    • Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer/Title IX Coordinator: Elise Glenn: 724-357-3402 
    • Associate Vice President for Human Resources: Craig Bickley: 724-357-2431
    • Director of IUP at Northpointe, IUP Punxsutawney, and IUP Pittsburgh East: Richard Muth: 724-294-3309

    Next Steps

    When there’s a report of sexual discrimination or sexual misconduct, the university will:

    • Stop the misconduct.
    • Provide remedies and other support.
    • Conduct a prompt, thorough, and impartial investigation.
    • Take steps to prevent recurrence of further misconduct.

    The Title IX coordinator ensures that support resources and process options are provided, and is responsible for monitoring investigations and outcomes of complaints. The Social Equity and Title IX Office works with the Office of Student Conduct, the Office of Human Resources, and the University Police to assure compliance with Title IX and other requirements.

    Support and Services

    The Haven Project assists students with the issues of sexual violence, domestic/dating violence, and stalking. The staff support victims and survivors by providing confidential counseling and information on resources, accommodations, and reporting options.

    Resources through their office include the Survivor’s Handbook for all IUP campuses: Indiana, Northpointe, Pittsburgh East, and Punxsutawney. These handbooks include the Victim’s Bill of Rights. The office is located in the Suites on Maple East, Suite G-2, and at 724-357-3947.

    The Haven Project works in collaboration with University Police, the Pennsylvania State Police, Indiana Borough Police, the Alice Paul House, and the IUP Counseling Center.

    Please see a complete listing of support services and resources in the Where to Turn for Help and Title IX Information Brochure. The Where to Turn for Help poster is also available to download separately.

    Requesting Accommodations

    Persons can request accommodations if their safety or well-being is at risk by contacting the Title IX coordinator or the Haven Project. Examples include changing academic schedules or on-campus housing assignments, use of IUP’s escort system, and adjustments to work assignments.

    Resources for International Students

    International students can download (pdf) the document, “Title IX Reporting and Resources: Sexual Discrimination and Sexual Misconduct,” as follows:

    Title IX Syllabus Statement for Faculty

    Indiana University of Pennsylvania and its faculty are committed to assuring a safe and productive educational environment for all students. In order to meet this commitment and to comply with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and guidance from the Office for Civil Rights, the university requires faculty members to report incidents of sexual violence shared by students to the university’s Title IX coordinator. The only exceptions to the faculty member’s reporting obligation are when incidents of sexual violence are communicated by a student during a classroom discussion, in a writing assignment for a class, or as part of a university-approved research project.

    Faculty members are obligated to report sexual violence or any other abuse of a student who was, or is, a child (a person under 18 years of age) when the abuse allegedly occurred to the person designated in the university protection of minors policy. Information regarding the reporting of sexual violence and the resources that are available to victims of sexual violence is set forth above.

    Protection of Minors Reporting and Information

    All university personnel are considered “Mandated Reporters” and must report suspected child abuse and child neglect consistent with the university’s Protection of Minors Policy, which is under the umbrella of the Office of Human Resources. Incidents of concern involving minors should be reported through the PA ChildLine and Abuse Registry. Immediately following the report to the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services, a mandated reporter must also notify University Police, who will assume responsibility for facilitating the university’s cooperation with the investigation of the report. More than one report of the suspected abuse is not required.

    Reminder: If your organization is hosting an event on campus involving minors, please refer to the Protection of Minors Event Registration page, also under the Office of Human Resources.