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, 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, whereby students who seek medical assistance for peers suffering from alcohol poisoning or related problems would not be charged through the campus student conduct system for their own alcohol violations. In addition, the Pennsylvania Crimes Code provides immunity to individuals under the age of 21 from prosecution for possession or consumption of alcohol, when that person seeks medical assistance for someone who they believe requires such assistance.

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, discrimination or harassment

  • Contact the Affirmative Action Office at 814-863-0471
  • Visit the Report Bias website: http://equity.psu.edu/reportbias
  • 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
  • To file a 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 http://titleix.psu.edu/

Student Misconduct

Research-related

  • Contact the Office for Research Protections at 814-865-1775 or orp@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.