Resources for Reporting Wrongdoing

A MESSAGE TO ALL FACULTY, STAFF AND STUDENTS ABOUT REPORTING AND ASSISTANCE RESOURCES (on behalf of the Office of the President)

All members of the Penn State community are asked to remain mindful of their individual commitment to Penn State’s core values of Respect, Integrity, Responsibility and Community by helping to keep the University a safe and ethical institution. In addition, as members of this community, everyone should be responsible stewards of University funds, whether generated from state, federal, student or other sources.

The University does not condone wrongful conduct by any member of the Penn State community, no matter what position he or she may hold.

Penn State University encourages the reporting of misconduct. If you see something, say something.

If you report misconduct, be assured that the University will protect you from retaliation. See AD67 (https://guru.psu.edu/policies/AD67.html) or contact the Office of Ethics & Compliance for more information (http://www.universityethics.psu.edu/).

The following resources are available for faculty, staff, students, and others:

TO MAKE A REPORT

A summary of types of misconduct and how to report is available at http://reporting.psu.edu.

If at any point you are unsure where to report a non-emergency, you may contact:

  • The Office of Ethics and Compliance, Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm ET: 814-867-5088
  • The Penn State Hotline, 24/7: 800-560-1637 or http://hotline.psu.edu

Crime or emergency situation

  • Contact the campus police or security office
  • In an emergency, dial 911
  • Penn State has established a Responsible Action Protocol, in response to the University Park Undergraduate Association’s campaign for a medical amnesty policy. Effective January 2018, the Responsible Action Protocol was updated and now reflects the following:
    • A student who acts responsibly by notifying the appropriate authorities (e.g. calling 911, alerting a resident assistant, contacting police) AND meets one or more of the following criteria typically will not face University conduct action for his or her own use or possession of alcohol or drugs. However, the student will be required to attend an approved alcohol or drug education program, such as BASICS or the Marijuana Intervention Program (MIP); the fee will be waived. When the student’s behavior involves other Code of Conduct violations (e.g., vandalism, assault, furnishing to minors) the additional behavior may be subject to conduct action. If a student exhibits a pattern of problematic behavior with alcohol or drugs, that student may be subject to conduct action.The criteria which invoke the Protocol are:
    • A student seeks medical assistance for himself or herself when experiencing an alcohol or drug overdose or related problems
    • A student seeks medical assistance for a peer suffering from an alcohol or drug overdose or related problems
    • A student suffering from an alcohol or drug overdose or related problems, for whom another student seeks assistance will also not be subject to conduct action for alcohol violations.

Suspected ethical or policy violations
(including fraud, theft, conflict of interest, abusive or intimidating behavior, retaliation, athletics integrity or NCAA compliance)

Child abuse, including child sexual abuse

  • Contact the Pennsylvania Child Welfare Services “ChildLine” at 800-932-0313 or https://www.compass.state.pa.us/cwis
  • If the child is in immediate danger, dial 911 first
  • You must also email AD72@psu.edu communicating that a report has been made. For more information on AD72 (Reporting Suspected Child Abuse), see https://policy.psu.edu/policies/ad72
  • Further details can be found in the Building a Safe Penn State: Reporting Child Abuse training available on the Learning Resource Network at http://lrn.psu.edu

Behavioral threat

  • Contact the Behavioral Threat Management Team at 855-863-BTMT (2868), 814-863-BTMT (2868), or http://btmt.psu.edu/

Bias, discrimination or harassment

  • To report behavior by an employee, Contact the Affirmative Action Office at 814-863-0471
  • Visit the Report Bias website: http://equity.psu.edu/reportbias (For student reporting only)
  • Acts of intolerance by students may be reported to the Office of Student Conduct at 814-863-0342

Sexual harassment and other forms of sexual misconduct**

  • To make a report to the University:
    • Contact the University’s Title IX Coordinator at 814-867-0099 or titleix@psu.edu
    • To file an online report: Visit the Office of Sexual Misconduct Prevention and Response’s website at http://titleix.psu.edu/filing-a-report/ to file an online report
    • To file an anonymous report: The Penn State Hotline is available 24/7 at 800-560-1637 or http://hotline.psu.edu. Both are anonymous and available 24/7

** Additional information regarding information and resources available in relation to incidents of sexual harassment and/or misconduct (including a campus-specific list of victim support services and confidential reporting options) can be found at http://titleix.psu.edu/

  • To file a discrimination or harassment complaint outside of the University:
    • The Office for Civil Rights (Philadelphia Office) at 215-656-8541 or email OCR.Philadelphia@ed.gov
    • The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (Philadelphia District Office) at 800-669-4000
    • The Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission (Harrisburg Regional Office) at 717-787-9780

Student Misconduct

Hazing by any student organization or individual is against Penn State’s code of conduct, and also a violation of Pennsylvania law. To report instances of hazing within any student organization or group, including fraternities and sororities, contact the Office of Student Conduct (http://studentaffairs.psu.edu/conduct) or 814-863-0342, or the Penn State Hotline at 800-560-1637 or http://hotline.psu.edu.

Research-related

  • Any research-related concerns should be directed to the Office for Research Protections at 814-865-1775 or orp@psu.edu
  • Research misconduct concerns should be directed to 814-865-1775 or researchconcerns@psu.edu

RESOURCES

If it is not clear where to turn for assistance, any of these offices will guide you to someone who can help:

TRAINING

Training for employees is available on many of the above topics through the Office of Human Resources’ Learning Resource Network at http://lrn.psu.edu and the Affirmative Action Office at 814-863-0471.

Updated: 6/20/18