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Subject Matter Expert: Chris Harris,cjh41 psu. Policy Steward: Vice President for Administration. Effective August 14,the University will implement the specific procedural requirements described below to address complaints of sexual harassment as defined under Title IX. These procedures apply equally to both parties, whether the party is a University student, faculty, staff member or other individual participating or seeking to participate in a University education program or activity. Parties to a matter are encouraged to contact the Title IX Coordinator directly with any questions or concerns regarding the application of these procedures or rights contained herein.
This Policy references other University policies which may be implicated in University disciplinary procedures related to conduct that falls outside the scope of this Policy.
Penn State is committed to equal access to programs, facilities, admission and employment for all persons. It is the policy of the University to maintain an environment free of harassment and free of discrimination against any person because of age, race, color, ancestry, national origin, religion, creed, service in the uniformed services as defined in state and federal lawveteran status, sex, sexual orientation, marital or family status, pregnancy, pregnancy-related conditions, physical or mental disability, gender, perceived gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information or political ideas.
Because Penn State is a recipient of Federal funds, the University must fully comply with the provisions of Title IX and its regulations. The University will provide regular, mandatory training for all University employees related to issues covered under this Policy. All University employees will be required to complete Title IX training within the first 30 days of employment at the University. In addition, all University employees will be required to complete an annual Compliance Training as a reminder of reporting requirements and procedures.
The University will publish training materials on titleix. All students, faculty, staff, affiliates, and other individuals participating or attempting to participate in University programs and activities are subject to this Policy. This Policy applies to conduct which occurs within the United States, either on Penn State property or off campus in a Penn State-sanctioned education program or activity.
The University is committed to its long-standing tradition of academic freedom and free expression. The University is an institution whose members may express themselves, while protecting and respecting the rights of others to learn, to conduct research, and to carry out the essential functions of the University free from interference or obstruction. When addressing complaints of alleged violations of this Policy, the University will take all permissible actions to respond appropriately while respecting the rights of free expression and academic freedom. The University strongly encourages students to report incidents that may violate Title IX.
Therefore, students who act responsibly by reporting to the appropriate authorities information about conduct violating this Policy typically will not face University disciplinary action for their own drug or alcohol possession or consumption in connection with the reported incident. This Policy prohibits intimidation, threats, coercion, and discrimination against any individual for the purpose of interfering with any right or privilege secured by Title IX, or because the individual has made a report or complaint, testified, assisted, or participated or refused to participate in any manner in an investigation, proceeding, or hearing.
Pursuant to Penn State Policy AD67 and this Policy, Retaliation is, in itself, a violation of this Policy and the law, and is a serious separate offense. Complaints alleging Retaliation for exercising rights pursuant to or engaging Sex dating in Thompsontown the Sex dating in Thompsontown set forth in this Policy shall be handled in accordance with the grievance procedures set forth herein.
Furthermore, the Title IX Coordinator will ensure that prompt corrective action is taken if either party experiences retaliation or if the complainant is subjected to further violations or if the original sanctions imposed on the Respondent are ineffective to protect the safety and well-being of the Complainant or other members of the University community.
The Title IX Coordinator will also take reasonable steps to eliminate any hostile environment that has been created, such as overseeing the implementation of trainings and disseminating informational materials. Any person who willfully makes or participates in making a false or frivolous report under this Policy may be subject to disciplinary action. False reporting may also violate state criminal statutes and civil defamation laws.
To provide an orderly process for the presentation and consideration of relevant information without undue intimidation or pressure, the Title IX process is not open to the general public. Accordingly, documents prepared in anticipation of the hearings including the Formal Complaint, the investigative report, the notices of hearing, and any prehearing submissions referenced above and documents, testimony, or other information introduced at the hearings may not be disclosed outside of the hearing process, except as may be required or authorized by law or legal proceedings.
In particular, in order to respect the reasonable privacy of all participants, no party, Advisor, or witness may record Title IX hearing s or disclose any recording of the hearing s or any portion thereof. A recording of the hearing will be created and maintained by the University.
Any violation of these confidentiality requirements may result in sanctions. Neither party will be required to abide by a nondisclosure agreement, in writing or otherwise, that would prevent the re-disclosure of information related to the final outcome of the grievance process or appeal process. An individual who has agreed to serve as an informal provider of support and advice for a Complainant or Respondent.
Both parties may select an individual of their choice to serve as their Advisor. Both parties have the right to have their Advisor present during any grievance proceeding or any related meeting, who may be, but need not be, an attorney. The University will appoint an Advisor for parties who have not selected their own.
The role of the Advisor is to assist and guide the party during all related University Sex dating in Thompsontown IX proceedings. The Advisor shall not perform any function in the process other than advising the party and may not make a presentation or represent the party, other than at the Title IX hearing.
A Complainant is an individual who is alleged to be the victim of conduct that could constitute Title IX Prohibited Conduct. A Complainant who files a Formal Complaint must be participating in, or attempting to participate in, the education program or activity of the University. Consent is a knowing, voluntary, and mutual decision among all participants to engage in sexual activity.
Consent must be informed, freely given and mutual. If intimidation, threats, or physical force are used there is no consent. If a person is mentally or physically incapacitated so that such person cannot understand the fact, nature or extent of the sexual situation, there is no consent.
This includes incapacitation due to alcohol or drug consumption, or being asleep or unconscious, where the respondent knew or reasonably should have known that the person was incapacitated. Inducement of incapacitation of another with the intent to affect the ability of an individual to consent or refuse to consent to sexual contact almost always, if not always, negates consent. Silence, in and of itself, cannot be interpreted as consent.
Consent can be given by words or actions, as long as those words or actions consist of an affirmative, unambiguous, conscious decision by each participant to engage in mutually agreed-upon sexual activity. Consent can be limited, meaning consent to any one form of sexual activity cannot automatically imply consent to any other forms of sexual activity.
Consent is revocable, meaning consent can be withdrawn at any time. Thus, consent must be ongoing throughout a sexual encounter.
Whether a person has taken advantage of a position of influence over an alleged victim may be a factor in determining consent. Days refer to business days, excluding weekends and those days which are deated as holidays by the official University calendar or by action of the University President or Provost, unless otherwise specified herein. The process for administrative leave for employees will be managed consistent with HR and departmental policies. A who is or has been in a social relationship of a romantic or intimate nature with the victim; and.
B where the existence of such a relationship shall be determined based on a consideration of the following factors:. A Respondent is an individual who has been alleged to be the perpetrator of conduct that could constitute Title IX Prohibited Conduct. Retaliation shall include, but not be limited to, harassment, discrimination, Sex dating in Thompsontown of physical harm, job termination, punitive work schedule or research asments, decrease in pay or responsibilities, or negative impact on academic progress.
The University will make every reasonable effort to resolve complaints in reasonably prompt timeframes. Stated timelines are not binding and create no rights for the parties. The University can extend the deadlines at its discretion.
If you are in immediate danger, or if you believe there could be an ongoing threat to you or the community, please call For conduct that could also constitute a crime under Pennsylvania law, a Complainant is encouraged—but not required—to contact the police by dialing or the local police agency in the jurisdiction in which the alleged incident occurred.
Contacting law enforcement to make a report allows for forensic evidence to be collected, including a SART exam if needed, which may be helpful if a decision is made to pursue criminal charges. University officials will assist you in contacting local law enforcement authorities, if you request assistance.
If the alleged incident occurred on the Penn State campus and the alleged incident is not ongoingindividuals may contact Penn State University Police and Public Safety at its non-emergency telephone Throughout the processes and procedures outlined in this Policy, the Complainant s and Respondent s shall be offered appropriate Supportive Measures and protection from retaliation.
The party is not required to file a Formal Complaint to receive Supportive Measures.
Additionally, the Complainant may report the alleged conduct solely for the purposes of receiving Supportive Measures and may choose to file a Formal Complaint at a later date, if at all. Supportive Measures are not deed or permitted to be punitive or disciplinary measures sanctions imposed against a Respondent.
The Respondent is pd to be not responsible for the alleged conduct until a determination is made at the conclusion of the grievance process. Both a Complainant and a Respondent may have good-faith bases for requesting Supportive Measures. The University will consider the request of either party for Supportive Measures and implement them where it is deemed reasonable and appropriate.
If the Senior Director or deee reasonably believes that such a threat is posed, an interim suspension may be ased. A Formal Complaint alleges Prohibited Conduct against a Respondent and requests that the University investigate the allegation. A Formal Complaint must be ed and must include a description of the alleged Prohibited Conduct, including the name or names of persons allegedly responsible for the alleged misconduct, the time, date and location of the alleged misconduct, if known, and the names of any potential witnesses, if known.
The ature on the Formal Complaint can be electronic i. The ature can be on a written document submitted in person to the Title IX Coordinator. A required dismissal under Title IX does not mean that the University cannot Sex dating in Thompsontown will not review and respond to the alleged behavior under other applicable federal regulations or University policies.
In those cases, the Title IX Coordinator will refer the matter to the appropriate office for management. The Complainant may request a dismissal of the Formal Complaint. The Complainant must notify the Title IX Coordinator in writing that they wish to withdraw the Formal Complaint or any allegation s therein. A Complainant may re-file the complaint at a later date and request a continuation of the formal investigation process or voluntarily agree to an informal resolution process.
In those circumstances, the University may choose to proceed with the investigation despite the request by the Complainant s for a dismissal of the Formal Complaint.Sex dating in Thompsontown
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