Title IX Sexual Harassment and Sexual Violence Resources

  • 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 interim Title IX coordinator, Sondra Dennison, can be reached through the Office of Social Equity: title-ix@iup.eduSondra.Dennison@iup.edu, 724-357-3402, or through the Office of Housing, Residential Living, and Dining, 724-357-2696. This position is responsible for overseeing the implementation of the university’s Sexual Harassment and Sexual Violence Policy, as well as compliance with the State System, the Commonwealth, and federal laws and regulations addressing sexual violence—including sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence, and stalking. The interim Title IX coordinator’s work is supported by the interim Title IX deputy coordinator, Paula Stossel: 724-357-7879, Paula.Stossel@iup.edu.

    Reporting

    Incidents of sexual harassment and sexual violence, including sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence, and stalking, should be reported to the following:

    Unsure of whom to contact? Contact a Campus Security Authority. In general, Campus Security Authorities (CSAs) are individuals or organizations of an institution of higher education that, by virtue of their job or position function, are required to report crimes that have been brought to their attention. These mandatory crime reporters encompass four groups of individuals and organizations: campus police/security; individuals responsible for security on campus, but who are not members of a campus police/security department; individuals/organizations specified by institution policy as receivers of criminal reports; and an official of the institution that has significant responsibility for student and campus activities. For more information about CSAs and a complete list of individuals/organizations identified as such, please visit the IUP Office of Public Safety.

    Examples of CSA contacts include:

    • Kevin Thelen, director of Public Safety and University Police: 724-357-2141
    • Sondra Dennison, interim Title IX coordinator and executive director of Housing, Residential Living, and Dining: 724-357-3402 or 724-357-2696
    • Paula Stossel, interim Title IX deputy coordinator and assistant vice president for graduate enrollment management and processing: 724-357-7879 
    • Craig Bickley, associate vice president for Human Resources: 724-357-2431
    • Richard Muth, director of IUP at Northpointe, IUP Punxsutawney, and IUP Pittsburgh East: 724-294-3309

    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 the Office of Social Equity, title-ix@iup.edu, 724-357-3402, B-17 Delaney Hall.

    The US Department of Education, OCR, oversees Title IX compliance. Questions may be addressed to the Office for Civil Rights.

    Confidentiality:

    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 violence to the Title IX coordinator. Individuals appointed with confidentiality for 2017–18 are listed here: Authorized Confidentiality 2017–18 (pdf).

    Support and Services

    The Haven Project is designed to increase and improve counseling and support services for students who experience sexual violence. It also offers prevention education on stalking, domestic/dating violence, and sexual assault. Resources through their office include the Survivor’s Handbook for all IUP campuses: Indiana, Northpointe, Pittsburgh East, 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 2017–18 Where to Turn for Help and Title IX Information Brochure.

    Resources for International Students

    International students can access the 2017–18 Where to Turn for Help and Title IX Information Brochure 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, or at: Title IX Sexual Harassment and Sexual Violence Resources