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Consent Any sexual contact that occurs without consent violates Penn State’s Policy. Consent must be informed, freely given, and mutual.
If coercion, intimidation, threats or phyiscal force are used there is no consent. If a person is mentally or physically incapacitated due to
alcohol or drug consumption, or being asleep, or unconsious, consent can not be given. Silence does not necessarily constitute consent.
What is Title IX?
Title IX is a portion of the Educational Amendments of 1972 that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in any program or activity.
Violations of Title IX may include, but are not limited to,
• Gender-based Harassment (behavior consisting of physical or verbal conduct based on gender, sexual orientation, gender-stereotyping, perceived gender,
or gender identity)
• Sexual Harassment (unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature)
• Sexual Misconduct (rape, sexual assault, sexual battery, sexual exploitation, and other forms of non-consensual sexual activity)
• Stalking (repeatedly following, harassing, threatening or intimidating including by telephone, mail, electronic communication, or social media)
• Dating Violence (including emotional, verbal, and economic abuse without the presence of physical abuse)
• Domestic Violence (including emotional, verbal, and economic abuse without the presence of physical abuse)
• Retaliation (adverse employment, academic, or other actions against anyone reporting or participating in an investigation of Title IX allegations)
What are my options?
Penn State offers these confidential and non-confidential reporting options if you or a friend are a victim of sexual harassment, sexual assault, dating
violence, domestic violence or stalking.
Confidential Options Reporting Options (Non-confidential)
Activates Campus Response
The Title IX coordinator leads the University response, which may include a University investigation by University Police or Title IX
investigators. The Title IX coordinator or designee will inform you of your rights and options (see below).
Accommodations/Interim remedies may be taken, including:
A no-contact order, Classroom and housing adjustments, Access to on- and off- campus support services
The Title IX coordinator or designee will conduct a thorough investigation of the incident. The Office of Student Conduct will review all
relevant information and determine if the matter should go through the student conduct process
What are my rights?
You always have the right to:
1. Choose to report to the University.
2. Choose to report to law enforcement.
3. Choose to be connected with a counselor in CAPS or the Center for Women Students. These are trained Penn State employees who will
4. Choose to participate in the Title IX and student conduct investigation, or not. You may decide to no longer participate at any time.
5. Request specific remedies including: adjustments to your class schedule, room change requests, adjustments to your work schedule,
transportation assistance, support for reporting to local law enforcement.
6. Visit titleix.psu.edu for more information and resources.
Counseling & Psychological
Center for Women Students
Centre County Women’s
Want to learn more about
To access the University’s Policy on discrimination, harassment, sexual harassment, and related inappropriate conduct, please visit guru.psu.edu/policies/AD85.html.
Concerns about conduct that may violate this policy should be reported to Penn State’s Title IX Coordinator:
222 Boucke Building, University Park, Pa 16802 |Phone: (814)867-0099
Student survivors, witnesses, and bystanders who report, in good faith, any incident of sexual assault, domestic violence, or stalking, will NOT be
charged with an alcohol or drug violation of the Student Code of Conduct.