Resources for Reporting Wrongdoing

A MESSAGE TO ALL FACULTY, STAFF AND STUDENTS ABOUT REPORTING WRONGDOING AND AVAILABLE 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 values 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://policy.psu.edu/policies/ad67) or contact the Office of Ethics & Compliance (http://www.universityethics.psu.edu/) for more information.

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

TO MAKE A REPORT

See a summary of types of misconduct and how to report (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

Behavioral threat

Bias or discrimination

  • To report behavior by an employee, Contact the Affirmative Action Office at 814-863-0471
  • To report behavior by a student, contact the Office of Student Conduct at 814-863-0342
  • Visit the Report Bias website (https://reportbias.psu.edu) (For student reporting only)

Sexual harassment and other forms of sexual misconduct**

  • 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

** 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 the Office of Sexual Misconduct Prevention & Response (http://titleix.psu.edu/).

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) – 814-863-0342, or the Penn State Hotline (http://hotline.psu.edu) – 800-560-1637.

Research-related

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 (http://lrn.psu.edu) and the Affirmative Action Office at 814-863-0471.

Updated: 9/5/18