Reporting Wrongdoing and Available Resources

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All members of the Penn State community are asked to remain mindful of their individual commitment to the Penn State 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 or contact the Office of Ethics & Compliance for more information.

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


A summary of types of misconduct and how to report is available at

If at any point you are unsure where to report a non-emergency, you may contact:

  • The Office of Ethics and Compliance, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. ET: 814-867-5088
  • The Penn State Hotline, 24/7: 800-560-1637 or

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 formal disciplinary action.
  • The criteria which invoke the Protocol are:
    • A student seeks medical assistance for themselves 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 and remains with the peer until appropriate authorities arrive
    • A student suffering from an alcohol or drug overdose or related problems, for whom another student seeks assistance and remains with the peer until appropriate authorities arrive, 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

If you feel that a member of the campus community (visitor, student, staff, or faculty) presents behavior that is aggressive, disruptive, dangerous, or threatening to the health and safety of him/herself or others:

  • Contact the Behavioral Threat Management Team at 855-863-BTMT (2868), 814-863-BTMT (2868),  or

Bias or discrimination

Environmental Health and Safety Concerns


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:

Sexual harassment and other forms of sexual misconduct**

To make a report to the University:

To file a discrimination or harassment complaint outside of 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

Student misconduct


Suspected NCAA violations

(Including but not limited to recruiting inducements; extra benefits or other improper gifts; fraudulent activities designed to influence the outcome of sporting activities (e.g., sports wagering activities; altering the outcome of a sporting event or facets thereof); sports agent involvement with student-athletes; booster misconduct; recruiting misconduct; financial aid misconduct; arrangement of fraudulent academic credit or falsification of transcripts).


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


Training for employees is available on many of the above topics through the Office of Human Resources' Learning Resource Network and the Affirmative Action Office at 814-863-0471.

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