Resources for Reporting Wrongdoing

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A MESSAGE TO ALL FACULTY, STAFF, AND STUDENTS ABOUT REPORTING AND ASSISTANCE RESOURCES

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 or contact the Office of Ethics & Compliance for more information.

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 (814-863-1111) 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

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

Bias, discrimination, or harassment

Sexual harassment and other forms of sexual misconduct**

To make a report to the University:

** 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:

 Student misconduct

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

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