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Resources for Reporting Wrongdoing

As the Spring 2016 semester begins, all members of the Penn State community should remain mindful of their individual commitment to Penn State’s core values of Respect, 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.

Thus all members of the University community are urged to speak up if they see or suspect illegal, unethical, or unsafe conduct. If you do so, 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://universityethics.psu.edu/).

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

TO MAKE A REPORT

Crime or emergency situation

  1. Contact the campus police or security office
  2. In an emergency, dial 911

Child abuse, including child sexual abuse

  1. Contact the Pennsylvania Child Welfare Services "ChildLine" at 800-932-0313 or https://www.compass.state.pa.us/cwis
  2. If the child is in immediate danger, dial 911 first
  3. You must also email AD72@psu.edu communicating that a report has been made. For more information on AD72, see https://guru.psu.edu/policies/AD72.html

Behavioral threat

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

Bias or discrimination

  1. Contact the Affirmative Action Office at 814-863-0471
  2. Visit the Report Bias website: http://equity.psu.edu/reportbias
  3. Students at University Park should call the Lion Support Help Line at 814-863-2020 to report acts of intolerance
  4. Students at other campuses may contact their campus Student Affairs office to report acts of intolerance

Sexual harassment and other forms of sexual misconduct

To make a report to the University:

  1. For reports against employees: Contact the Affirmative Action Office at 814-863-0471 or another appropriate office listed here: http://www.psu.edu/dept/aaoffice/sexharass.htm
  2. For reports against students: Contact the University’s Title IX Coordinator at 814-867-0099 or pua26@psu.edu
  3. To file an online report: Visit the Sexual Harassment and Assault Reporting and Education (SHARE) website at http://www.psu.edu/share to file an online report
  4. 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:

  1. The Office for Civil Rights (Philadelphia Office) at 215-656-8541 or email OCR.Philadelphia@ed.gov
  2. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (Philadelphia District Office) at 800-669-4000
  3. The Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission (Harrisburg Regional Office) at 717-787-9780

Note: 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://www.psu.edu/share/

Research-related

  1. Contact the Office for Research Protections at 814-865-1775 or ORProtections@psu.edu

RESOURCES

All employees should be aware of Penn State's Conflict of Interest policy. Please see the following for more information:

  1. http://news.psu.edu/story/143476/2013/01/04/employees-reminded-disclose-conflicts-interest
  2. Policy HR91 – Conflict of Interest: https://guru.psu.edu/policies/OHR/hr91.html
  3. Policy RP06 – Disclosure and Management of Significant Financial Interests: https://guru.psu.edu/policies/rp06.html
  4. Policy AD86 – Acceptance of Gifts and Entertainment: https://guru.psu.edu/policies/AD86.html

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

  1. Office of Human Resources Employee Relations Division at 814-865-1412 or http://ohr.psu.edu/employee-relations/
  2. Office of Ethics and Compliance at 814-867-5088 or http://universityethics.psu.edu/
  3. Office of Affirmative Action at 814-863-0471 or  http://www.psu.edu/dept/aaoffice/
  4. Title IX Coordinator at 814-867-0099 or pua26@psu.edu
  5. Office of Student Conduct at 814-863-0342 or http://studentaffairs.psu.edu/conduct/
  6. Office of Internal Audit at 814-865-9596 or http://internalaudit.psu.edu/http://internalaudit.psu.edu/
  7. Clery Act Compliance Manager at 814-863-1273 or http://police.psu.edu/clery/
  8. Your campus, college, or unit's Human Resources representative. Contact information is available at http://ohr.psu.edu/hr-strategic-partners

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. For those without a Penn State Access account, training is available at http://compliancetraining.psu.edu.