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Susquehanna University's history and heritage lead us to affirm the dignity and worth of all persons.

When individual members of our university experience sexual, gender-based harassment or violence, the impact can be felt throughout our university community. It starts with those directly involved and extends to all of their personal, professional and academic networks and beyond. This impact varies depending on the experiences, identities and status of those involved. Each situation is unique while rooted in diverse personal, social and cultural values. Our university response requires collaboration across the different areas of expertise and knowledge shared by our students, staff and faculty. 

We must be vigilant to ensure that we do not exclude or marginalize individuals and groups because of such differences as gender, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, social class, marital and parental status, disability, age, religion, gender identity or expression, geography and national origin. Our goal is to respond with a focus on the individuals involved and their need for safety and support.

Susquehanna University's Title IX coordinator is Barbara Johnson, Director of Workforce Diversity. Her office is located within the Human Resources Office in Selinsgrove Hall and she can be reached by phone at (570) 372-4404.

Make a report

As a member of the university community, you have a responsibility to report behaviors that potentially constitute sexual or gender-based harassment or violence.

Make a report

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 requires us to provide a prompt and equitable resolution for all complaints of gender-based and sexual harassment, which includes complaints of sexual violence. We must end such harassment, remedy its effects and prevent its recurrence.

When you become aware of an incident in which the offender is a Susquehanna student, or faculty or staff member, you should complete the report linked above. This document will be sent to our Title IX coordinator.

Examples of the most common form of sexual or gender-based harassment or violence include: sexual harassment, sexual exploitation, non-consensual sexual contact, non-consensual sexual intercourse, relationship violence, stalking, bullying and hazing.

Please note:

  • You should complete and submit the form even If you are unsure if a specific behavior constitutes a violation, or even whether the alleged offender is a university student, or faculty or staff member.
  • 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.
  • Your responsibilities here are limited to reporting information that is provided to you, either directly by the alleged victim (referred here as the "complainant") or by a third party.
  • Your report will help us assure that university personnel are appropriately addressing such incidents and are properly supporting victims. In addition, it will assist in complying with federal mandates to track and address these incidents.

Sexual Assault Support Advocates

Sexual Assault Support Advocates provide confidential support to student survivors of sexual assault. Advocates receive specialized training to help students navigate options and services on campus.

Stacey Pearson-Wharton
Denny Bowers
Yevette Devine
Kate Hastings
Mary Muolo
Peggy Peeler
Michaeline Shuman
Edward Slavishak
Kaitlyn Wahila

Below is a list of some of the most common needs and requests of complainants as well as the appropriate office for referral at Susquehanna University.

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.

Counseling Services
606 University Avenue
Trauma Counseling

Dean of Students and Campus Life
Community Standards and Student Conduct

Degenstein Campus Center
Informal or formal processes for holding alleged offenders accountable
Administrative directives-orders issued to the alleged offender mandating no contact with complainant, maintaining a record of the allegation with no further action
Classroom accommodations such as changing a course section assistance with alternative housing

Health Center
620 University Avenue

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

Office of Residence Life
Aikens Hall
Assistance with alternative housing support

Public Safety
18th Street Commons Community Building
Resource for violations of law

Selinsgrove Police
570-374-8655 or 911

Transitions of PA (crisis center)

Women's Resource Center
Scholars' House

If you feel you have been discriminated against based on your sex, please contact any of the following Title IX designated reporters listed here.

Barbara Johnson 
Title IX Coordinator
Director of Workforce Diversity and Inclusion 
Human Resources Office, 103 Selinsgrove Hall

Jennifer Bucher
Assistant Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer

Jerry Foley
Title IX Deputy Coordinator
Head Men's & Women's Swimming Coach/Director of Aquatics

Dena Salerno
Title IX Deputy Coordinator
Director of the Center for Diversity & Social Justice

Christie Bing Kracker
Deputy Title IX Coordinator
Dean of Students & Campus Life

James Black
Deputy Title IX Coordinator
Dean of Academic Engagement

Don Weirick
Deputy Title IX Investigator
Interim Director of Public Safety

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 is a federal law that prohibits sex discrimination in education.

"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).

Sex discrimination includes sexual harassment and sexual assault.

Often thought of as a law that applies to athletics programs, Title IX is much broader, applying to programs such as academics and administration.

Susquehanna University's Title IX coordinator is Barbara Johnson, Title IX Coordinator and Director of Workforce Diversity. Her office is located in the Human Resources Office in Selinsgrove Hall, and she can be reached by phone at 570-372-4404 or email at

She is responsible for the monitoring and oversight of the overall implementation of Title IX compliance at the university. This includes coordination of training, education, communications, and administration of grievance procedures 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

Other Legislation

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.

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. I've just experienced sexual assault, stalking, or dating or domestic violence. What should I do?
Contact one of our sexual assault support advocates, other campus resources, complete a Title IX and VAWA form, or contact the police.

3. How do I file a Title IX complaint?
Contact our Title IX coordinators:

Barbara Johnson, director of workforce diversity and inclusion
Selinsgrove Hall - First Floor

Jennifer Bucher, assistant vice president and chief human resources officer
Selinsgrove Hall - First Floor

If you are more comfortable making an electronic report, please fill out a Title IX and VAWA Reporting Form.

4. What happens after Susquehanna is notified of a Title IX-related incident?
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.

5. Does Title IX cover sexual violence?
Title IX covers sexual harassment, including sexual violence. Sexual violence means physical sexual acts perpetrated against a person's will or where a person is incapable of giving consent.

6. What is Susquehanna's policy against sexual harassment?
Sexual harassment of any form is unlawful and prohibited. For more information, please read our policy.

7. What does sexual assault mean? What is sexual misconduct?
Sexual assault is an offense that meets the definition of rape, fondling, incest or statutory rape as used in the FBI's Uniform Crime Reporting Program.

Sexual exploitation occurs when a person takes non-consensual or abusive sexual advantage of another for his/her own advantage or benefit. Examples of sexual exploitation can include: non‐consensual observation of individuals who are undressed or engaging in sexual acts; non-consensual video or audio‐taping of sexual activity; prostituting another person; and more.

Sexual misconduct includes sexual assault and/or sexual exploitation.

For the full definition, please see our anti-harassment and nondiscrimination policy.

8. Does Title IX apply mostly to athletics?
Athletics is one of the key areas addressed under Title IX, but the law applies to every aspect of education.

9. 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.

10. Does Susquehanna automatically report all sexual misconduct cases to the police?
No, reports are not automatically reported to the police, but we will offer support if the survivor would like to report the misconduct 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.

11. Whom should I contact if I have questions about Title IX?
Contact our Title IX coordinators—Barbara Johnson, director of workforce diversity and inclusion, or Jennifer Bucher, assistant vice president and chief human resources officer .

12. Who are the deputy Title IX coordinators?
James Black
Fisher Hall - Room 206

Dena Salerno
Degenstein Campus Center - Ground Floor

Jerry Foley
Garrett Sports Complex

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