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As a member of the university community, you have a responsibility to report of all forms of sexual misconduct and gender based violence that you hear of or witness.
Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 requires us to provide a prompt and equitable resolution for all complaints of sexual misconduct and gender based violence. Our response should end the behavior, remedy its effects and prevent its recurrence while providing student with support and resources.
If you witness or hear of an incident of sexual misconduct or gender based violence you should complete the report linked above. This document will be sent to our Title IX coordinator.
Examples might include: sexual harassment, sexual exploitation, non-consensual sexual contact, non-consensual sexual intercourse, relationship violence, stalking, bullying and hazing.
- You should complete and submit the form even If you are unsure if a specific behavior constitutes a violation of a university student, or faculty or staff member.
- If you see, read or hear something, do something by completing a report. The information you receive may be from personal observation, a verbal or written report from a victim, or a verbal or written report through a third party who either observed or became aware of the incident.
- Once you send the report, the Title IX Coordinator with follow up from there. Your report will help us assure that we are appropriately addressing such incidents, properly supporting victims and complying with federal mandates.
Sexual Misconduct Awareness Resource Team (SMART)
SMART is a group of faculty and staff members who are available to provide additional support and resources to students involved in the Title IX process. The Title IX Coordinator will assign a trained SMART team member to students based on the availability of team members and the response from students.
Additional support resources:
Affirmative Action Office
Selinsgrove Hall (Office of Human Resources)
Informal inquiries or requests for information, formal complaints, resolution of complaints, disciplinary sanctions for faculty and staff, and assistance with accommodations.
606 University Avenue/570-372-4238
Trauma counseling and emotional support
Dean of Students and Campus Life
Degenstein Campus Center/570-372-4517
Student Code of Conduct violations, housing accommodations, interim measures.
24-hour Sexual Assault Nurse Educator (SANE) who facilitate rape exams
620 University Avenue/570-372-4386
Health exams and support for gender based violence injuries.
Office of Civil Rights
150 South Independence Mall West, Suite 372
Public Ledger Building
Philadelphia, PA 19106
To file a complaint directly with the Office of Civil Rights
18th Street Commons Community Building/570-372-4444
Trauma informed investigations, no contact orders and safety measures.
570-374-8655 or 911
Criminal investigation process
Transitions of PA (crisis center)
1-800-850-7948 / Free 24-hour hotline
Trauma counseling and advocacy for criminal charges
Title IX Response Team
Interim Title IX Coordinator
Director of Student Diversity and Inclusion
Assistant Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer
Christie Bing Kracker
Student Conduct Officer
Dean of Students & Campus Life
Lead Title IX Investigator
Department of Public Safety
The Title IX law:
"No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance."
Citation: Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, and its implementing regulation at 34 C.F.R. Part 106 (Title IX).
Often thought of as a law that applies to gender equity in athletics programs, Title IX law has been interpreted further to include all forms of sexual misconduct and gender based violence against any member of our university community. All members of the campus community are also responsible to report if they witness or hear of any incident of sexual misconduct or gender based violence.
Interim Title IX Coordinator
Director of Student Diversity and Inclusion
Degenstein Campus Center, First Floor
The Title IX Coordinator is responsible for the monitoring and oversight of the overall implementation of Title IX compliance at the university. This includes administration of the reporting process and coordination of training, education and communications for faculty, staff, students and other members of the university community.
Pennsylvania Victim's Bill of Rights
As a victim of crime in Pennsylvania you have the following rights:
- To receive basic information concerning the services available
- In personal injury crimes, to be notified of the arrest of the suspect or the suspect's escape from police custody;
- To be accompanied at all public criminal proceedings by a family member, a victim advocate or another person;
- In case of personal injury crimes, burglary, or driving under the influence involving bodily injury, to submit prior comment to the prosecutor's office on the potential reduction or dropping of any charge or changing of a plea, if the victim so requests;
- To offer prior comment or to submit a written impact statement for the judge's consideration at sentencing;
- To obtain restitution to the extent possible, including compensation through the State Crime Victim's Compensation program;
- Upon request, where the offender is sentenced to a state prison, to provide prior comment on and to receive notice of release decisions, and to be immediately notified if the offender escapes;
- Upon request, in personal injury crimes, where the offender is sentenced to a local correctional facility, to receive notification of any release or escape of the offender, in addition to any relevant conditions imposed prior to release;
- Upon prior request, to receive notice when an offender is committed to a mental health facility from a state prison and of the discharge, transfer or escape of the offender from the mental health facility, and;
- Upon request, to have assistance in the preparation of, submission of and follow-up on the financial assistance claims for the state Victims' Compensation
The Violence Against Women Act of 1984 supports investigation and prosecution of violent crimes against women. The act, which was reauthorized in 2013, makes it easier to prosecute crimes against women, including domestic violence, sexual assault and trafficking.
The Campus Sexual Violence Elimination (SaVE) Act increases transparency on campus about incidents of sexual violence, guarantees victims enhanced rights, sets standards for disciplinary proceedings, and requires campuswide prevention education programs. SaVE was signed into law in 2013.
The Clery Act, Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act is a federal statute requiring colleges and universities participating in federal financial aid programs to maintain and disclose campus crime statistics and security information.
1. What is Title IX?
Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 prohibits sex discrimination against students and employees of educational institutions, requiring that everyone receive fair and equitable treatment in all areas of education.
2. What does Title IX cover?
Relationship violence, retaliation, stalking, sexual assault, sexual exploitation, sexual harassment and sexual misconduct.
3. I've just experienced a form of sexual misconduct or gender based violence. What should I do? Tell someone on campus, seek safety from the Public Safety Office or local police, get medical help from the campus Health Center or Evangelical Hospital SANE program and complete the online Title IX Reporting Form.
4. How do I file a Title IX complaint?
Complete the online Title IX report form or tell someone who will do it for you.
Report to any employee as they are all responsible employees who know how to report.
All online reports are sent to the Title IX Coordinator and the Deputy Coordinator who will follow up immediately with the persons named in the report.
For staff or faculty concerns, please report directly to:
Jennifer Bucher, assistant vice president and chief human resources officer
Selinsgrove Hall - First Floor
5. What happens after the university Title IX Coordinator receives a report?
All of those named in the report will be contacted to ask any clarifying questions and the share more about the university process. Title IX violations are processed through the university conduct committee as detailed in the Student Handbook. Under Title IX, universities are required to promptly investigate and respond to allegations of sexual misconduct. We will make all reasonable efforts to protect the confidentiality of all parties involved during this process.
6. What is Susquehanna's policy on sexual misconduct and gender based violence?
Susquehanna University prohibits all forms of sexual misconduct and gender based violence. Please read our policy.
8. How is a Title IX investigation different from a criminal investigation?
Title IX investigations determine whether an individual has violated university policy, and if so, what disciplinary actions and remedial measures are appropriate. Colleges and universities are required to use the "preponderance of the evidence" standard (where more than 50 percent of evidence supports the finding) to determine whether there has been a violation.
Police investigation and criminal prosecution of sexual misconduct crimes determine whether an individual violated criminal law. Defendants in criminal matters are entitled to due process rights, such as the right to a jury trial. Most trials in criminal matters use the "beyond a reasonable doubt" standard of proof.
9. Does Susquehanna automatically report all sexual misconduct and gender based violence cases to the police?No, Title IX reports are not automatically reported to the police. We are not required by law to report complaints of sexual misconduct to law enforcement. If you wish to file a report to the local Selinsgrove Police Department, university officials will assist you in this process.
10. Whom should I contact if I have questions about Title IX?
The university MySU Title IX page has additional information. The primary people to contact are the Title IX Coordinator, the Title IX Deputy Coordinator and the Human Resource Office. All employees have annual training so are able to answer questions as well.
11. Who are the deputy Title IX coordinators?
Dena Salerno, Interim Title IX Coordinator
Degenstein Campus Center - Ground Floor
Crystal Gibson, Associate Director of Athletics
Garrett Sports Complex
Jennifer Bucher, Assistant Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer
Selinsgrove Hall - First Floor