Title IX/Sexual Violence & Misconduct

Sexual Violence and Misconduct Response and Resource Guide

YWCA CounselorsPolicies and Procedures
Have You or Someone You Care About
  Been A Victim of Sexual Violence?

What is Title IX? Who is MU's Title IX Coordinator?
Where can I report? What are my options?
Who handles these types of cases?
Clery Act Reporting
Resources for Complainants
Resources for Respondents
Prevention and Education Programs
Resources and Contact Information

Millersville University is committed to supporting survivors of sexual violence and misconduct.  We are dedicated to creating a climate that is preventative, safe, supportive and provides due process for ALL students, employees, and visitors through education, meaningful discussion, and thorough response to reported incidents.

If you are a Millersville University student, employee (faculty, staff, or administrator), vendor or visitor and have been the victim of sexual misconduct it is important that you read the following information.

This information sets forth resources available to the campus community, describes prohibited conduct, and establishes guidelines and procedures for responding to reports of alleged sexual violence and/or misconduct.

Policies and Procedures

For the purpose of this Sexual Violence & Misconduct Response and Resource Guide, "sexual violence and misconduct" includes sexual assault, rape, sexual harassment, dating violence, stalking, domestic violence, or other gender-based harassment. The University strictly prohibits acts of sexual violence, misconduct, or related retaliation against or by any person within the campus community.

Within our procedures, the person making the allegations is referred to as the Complainant.  The person who the allegations have been made against is referred to as the Respondent.  The University's procedures aim to provide a balance between victim/complainant-centered support and due process for all involved in a reported incident. When sexual violence or misconduct has occurred and is brought to the attention of the appropriate individuals, the University will take the matter very seriously and take steps to end the sexual violence or misconduct, prevent its reoccurrence, and address its effects.  For more policy information, please review the following important links:

Examples which may be policy violations include the following:

  • a student reports that they are raped by a friend in their room after an off campus party;
  • a student is punched and kicked by their intimate partner for flirting with another student in the dining hall;
  • a professor suggests that a higher grade might be given to a student if the student submits to sexual advances;
  • a supervisor implicitly or explicitly threatens adverse employment action if a subordinate refuses the supervisor's sexual advances;
  • a student is followed about, and subjected to numerous unwanted calls and texts from a former boyfriend/girlfriend or acquaintance after asking the person to stop;
  • a student repeatedly follows a professor around campus and sends sexually explicit messages to his/her voicemail or email;
  • a person touches you in an unwelcome, sexual manner without your consent;
  • a person repeatedly makes unwelcome comments about your body in person, on the phone, or in any other way;
  • a person records you engaged in sexual activity without your consent;
  • students in a residence hall repeatedly draw sexually explicit graffiti on the whiteboard of your door; a person exposes their sexual organs to you without your consent and in an unwelcome manner.

Scope of Coverage for University Policy and Student Code of Conduct
The Sexual Harassment/Sex Discrimination policy and Student Code of Conduct covers both on-campus and off-campus conduct, as described below:

  • On-campus violations - University policy forbids acts of sexual misconduct anywhere on campus. "Campus" includes University-owned or leased property, streets and pathways contiguous to University property, or in the immediate vicinity of campus.  It also includes the property, facilities, and leased premises of organizations affiliated with the University, including Student Services, Inc. 
  • Off-campus violations - Off-campus violations, including online behavior, that affect a clear and distinct interest of the University are subject to disciplinary sanctions. For example, sexual misconduct by a student is within the University's interests when the behavior:
  1. involves conduct directed at a University student or other member of the University community (e.g., faculty/staff/administrator/visitor); 
  2. occurs during University-sponsored events (e.g., classes, field trips, social or educational functions, University-related travel, student recruitment activities, internships, athletics, and service-learning experiences);
  3. occurs during the events of organizations affiliated with the University, including the events of student organizations;
  4. occurs during a Study Abroad program or other international travel, or;
  5. poses a disruption or threat to the University community.

For a thorough explanation of University processes, please see the web links noted above or contact the Title IX Coordinator at (717) 871-4100.    top


Consent - is clear, knowing and voluntary.  Consent is active, not passive.  Silence, in and of itself, cannot be interpreted as consent.  Consent can be given by words or actions, as long as those words or actions create mutually understandable clear permission regarding willingness to engage in (and the conditions of) sexual activity.

  • Consent to any one form of sexual activity cannot automatically imply consent to any other forms of sexual activity.
  • Previous relationships or prior consent cannot imply consent to future sexual acts.
  • In order to give effective consent, one must be of legal age.

Complaint:  a detailed written statement of allegations of unlawful or prohibited discrimination or harassment that is signed and dated by the complainant.  Complaints submitted electronically are permissible under these procedures.

Complainant:  the complainant is the individual (i.e., student, employee, applicant, person, or visitor) who makes allegations that prohibited discrimination or harassment has occurred.

Dating Violence - the term "dating violence" means violence committed by a person - A) who is or has been in a social relationship of a romantic or intimate nature with the complainant; and B) where the existence of such a relationship shall be determined based on a consideration of the following factors: (i) the length of the relationship. (ii) the type of relationship. (iii) the frequency of interaction between the persons involved in the relationship.

Domestic Violence - the term "domestic violence" includes felony or misdemeanor crimes of violence committed by a current or former spouse of the victim/complainant, by a person with whom the victim/complainant shares a child in common, by a person similarly situated to a spouse of the victim/complainant under the domestic or family violence laws of the jurisdiction receiving grant monies, or by any other person against an adult or youth victim/complainant who is protected from that person's acts under the domestic or family violence laws of the jurisdiction.

Discrimination:  consists of three generally acknowledged forms: 1) unlawful discrimination, 2) unlawful harassment, and 3) related retaliation.  "Discrimination" in general and for the purposes of this procedures, is defined as an adverse employment or academic action or decision that is based on or motivated by an individual's protected class status that is sufficiently severe, persistent or pervasive so as to have the effect of substantially limiting or interfering with one's employment or educational performance or creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive employment or educational environment.

Harassment:  whether verbal, physical, or visual, that is based on any of the protected classes is discriminatory.  This includes harassing conduct affecting job benefits, interfering unreasonably with an individual's work performance, or creating what a reasonable person would sense is an intimidating, hostile, or offensive environment. Harassment is defined as any type of conduct directed at an individual based on his or her protected class status that is sufficiently severe, persistent, or pervasive that it substantially interferes with an individual's work, educational performance, participation in extra-curricular activities, or equal access to the University's resources and opportunities.

Investigation:  is a systematic collection of all reasonably ascertainable and relevant facts in a fair and objective manner.  An assigned Investigative Team conducts an investigation, including investigatory interviews of witnesses, the employee or student making the complaint and the employee or student respondent(s).  The Investigative Team prepares a investigative fact-finding report at the conclusion of the investigation.  Generally, the Investigative Team will consist of the Title IX Coordinator and DHR, however, depending on the circumstances of the complaint adjustments may be appropriate.

Investigative Team:  generally, will consist of the Title IX Coordinator and DHR.  Under certain circumstances, it may be appropriate to have other individual(s) to conduct a formal investigation.  Investigators shall have relevant and continuous training, qualifications, and experience.  

Pre-Disciplinary Conference:  is a meeting scheduled to afford an employee an opportunity to provide relevant information toward the question of whether or not he or she should be disciplined.  This, like the Notice of Complaint, is an element of procedural due process.

Respondent:  is the individual against whom the allegations of discrimination or harassment have been made. 

Retaliation:  occurs when a student or employee is subjected to adverse action in response to that individual expressing concern about discrimination or harassment or participating in the opposition or resolution of a concern regarding discrimination or harassment.

Sexual Misconduct: Sexual misconduct can be defined as any type of sexual contact or conduct that occurs without the explicit consent of the recipient. Sexual misconduct violations include but are not limited to:

Sexual harassment - Sexual harassment consists of interaction between individuals that is characterized by unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature when: 1) submission to such conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of an individual's employment, living conditions and/or educational evaluation; 2) submission to or rejection of such conduct by an individual is used as the basis for tangible employment or educational decisions affecting such individual; or 3) such conduct has the effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual's work or academic performance or creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive working or educational environment.

Non-consensual sexual intercourse. Non-consensual sexual intercourse is any sexual intercourse (anal, oral or vaginal), including the use of an object for sexual intercourse, however slight, by one person upon another without consent.

Non-consensual sexual contact. Non-consensual sexual contact is any sexual touching (including touching with an object) however slight, by one person on another without consent.

Sexual exploitation and/or exposure: Sexual exploitation is when a student takes non-consensual, unjust or abusive sexual advantage of another for his/her own pleasure, advantage or benefit, or to pleasure, benefit or advantage anyone other than the one being exploited. Sexual exposure occurs when a student engages in lewd exposure of the body done with the intent to arouse or satisfy the sexual desire of any person.

Stalking  - the term "stalking" means engaging in a course of conduct directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to - A) fear for his or her safety or the safety of others; or B) suffer substantial emotional distress.

Unwelcome - behavior will be considered "unwelcome" if the individual did not solicit or invite it and particularly if s/he indicates that s/he finds the conduct undesirable or offensive.  Acquiescence or failure to complain does not mean that the conduct is welcome. However, if a student or employee actively participates in sexual banter or discussions without giving an indication that s/he does not like it, it will probably not meet the definition of "unwelcome." Not every act that might be offensive to an individual or a group necessarily will be considered as harassment and/or a violation of the University's standard of conduct.  In determining whether an act constitutes harassment, the totality of the circumstances that pertain to any given incident in its context must be carefully reviewed and due consideration must be given to the protection of individual rights, freedom of speech, academic freedom and advocacy.  top

Have You or Someone You Care About Been A Victim of Sexual Violence?

If you have been a victim of sexual violence, it is not your fault.  If you are a friend/family member of a victim, the most important things you can do are to listen and offer the victim the resources included in this publication, but allow them to choose their own course of action.

  • Go to a safe place as soon as you can and contact someone you trust to be with you and support you.  Tell this person what happened.
  • If you are concerned about your safety, dial 911.
  • Millersville University strongly condemns sexual offenses, will not tolerate sexual offenders, and supports those who have been victimized.  Victims are encouraged to seek assistance from one of the following: University Police; Judicial Affairs, as sexual violence is a violation of the Student Code of Conduct; who will in turn contact the Title IX Coordinator.

Medical Care and Evidence Collection

  • Get medical attention as soon as possible even if you do not have visible injuries.  If you desire an advocate, someone from the YWCA Sexual Assault and Prevention Counseling Center (717) 392-7273 can meet you at the hospital.  University Police (717) 871-4357 will transport you to the hospital, if needed.  Victims who undergo evidence collection do not have to press charges.
  • It is important to preserve evidence and get an exam.  Do not eat, drink, smoke, comb your hair, shower, urinate, defecate, or douche as these behaviors can damage evidence.  If you do change your clothes, put all clothing you were wearing at the time of the attack in a paper, not plastic, bag.  Lancaster General Hospital is the closest facility that provides the Sexual Assault Forensic Examination.  Health Services on campus does not provide the examination but can provide a check-up that includes testing for sexually transmitted infections and pregnancy.

Campus Services

What is Title IX? Who is MU's Title IX Coordinator?

The Law states:

No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance - Title 20 U.S.C. section 1681.

Sexual assault and misconduct that occurs in the educational setting (on or off campus) implicates a federal civil rights law called Title IX of the Higher Education Amendments of 1972, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in education programs or activities and which triggers certain responsibilities on the part of the University.  Educational institutions that receive federal financial assistance are covered by Title IX.  Since Millersville University is one of those institutions, ALL students are covered by Title IX.

Millersville University has designated the following administrator as the campus Title IX Coordinator.

Mr. Robert Wood

Title IX Coordinator 

Phone: (717) 871-4100

To assist and ensure prompt action, the University has also designated the following staff members to serve as Deputy Title IX Coordinators:

Mrs. Melanie DeSantis, Melanie.DeSantis@millersville.edu
Executive Director of Human Resources/Chief Deputy Title IX Coordinator
Dilworth Administration Building
Millersville, PA 17551
(717) 871-4950  top

Mrs. Lori Austin, Lori.Austin@millersville.edu 
Director of Judicial Affairs/Deputy Title IX Coordinator
Student Memorial Center
Millersville, PA 17551
(717) 871-5841

Ms. Melissa Wardwell, Melissa.Wardwell@millersville.edu
Director, Experiential Learning & Career Management/Deputy Title IX Coordinator
Huntingdon House
Millersville, PA 17551
(717) 871-7655

Where can I report? What are my options?

The University strongly encourages prompt reporting of sexual offenses to law enforcement but we recognize that people who experience sexual misconduct have the right to decide whether to file a criminal report with the police, a judicial report with the Office of Judicial Affairs (717) 872-5841, or a sexual discrimination/harassment complaint with the Title IX Coordinator (717) 871-4100.  A complainant may also report directly to law enforcement.  If the incident happened on campus, you may contact University Police through an off-campus dispatcher at (717) 664-1180 or through a campus dispatcher at (717) 871-4357. 

Here are a few things to know about filing a report:

  • Anyone can file a report whether they are a victim, witness, or concerned third party.
  • Victims have the option to file both a criminal report with the police and a report with the University at either the Office of Judicial Affairs or the Title IX Coordinator (717) 871-4100.
  • Filing a report does not mean that you have to be involved in a police investigation, go to court, or talk to the perpetrator.
  • A victim or witness who is under the influence of alcohol or drugs at the time of a sexual misconduct incident generally will not face disciplinary charges from the University or from the University Police for underage drinking or drug use.
  • A victim has the right to request a victim advocate to go with him or her when filing a report with law enforcement or with the University. Call (717) 871-4141 or visit the Women's Center (Montour House) to request a victim advocate.
  • The intentional filing of a false report will not be tolerated. It is a violation of the Student Code of Conduct to make an intentionally false report of any policy violation, and it may also violate state criminal laws and civil defamation laws.

If you have any questions or need help, the offices or staff members listed in the Campus Community Resources section of this brochure can offer information and support.  Choose any office with whom you feel most comfortable.

For more information on reporting options (including criminal/non-criminal processes and case management responsibilities), please refer to the Title IX/Sexual Violence & Misconduct section of the Social Equity & Diversity webpage found at www.millersville.edu/socialeq.  Additionally, you may find the Resources section of this publication useful.  top

Who handles these types of cases?

  Non-Criminal Process: The Offices of Judicial Affairs, Human Resources, and Title IX Coordinator have authority to address complaints of sexual misconduct in a non-criminal context.  This process is completely separate from police and/or court proceedings.  Within the University, the identity of the respondent determines which of the two policies are followed (e.g., Student Code of Conduct vs. Preventing Sexual Harassment/Sex Discrimination Policy).  When the respondent is a University student at the time of the incident, the Offices of Judicial Affairs and Title IX Coordinator provide a fact-finding process for investigating cases whether they occur on or off campus.  For cases where the respondent is a University employee, the cases are handled by the Offices of Human Resources and Title IX Coordinator.  When the respondent is both a University student and a University employee, the three offices will work together to resolve the case as deemed appropriate.  When the respondent is neither a student nor employee, the University can still assist you with counseling and other support services.  If you are uncertain about which office to contact, you may call any of the three offices and they will ensure your report is ultimately reviewed by the appropriate office.

Criminal Process: If a complainant chooses to pursue a criminal investigation for sexual violence, the case is handled by police in consultation with the Lancaster County District Attorney.  University Police have jurisdiction over incidents on campus and can assist in contacting agencies if an incident occurred off-campus or out of the area.  University Police will assist in making notification to the Title IX Coordinator and Office of Judicial Affairs to assure criminal investigators are able to preserve evidence and interview key witnesses prior to civil process interviews. University Police are committed to working with other campus offices toward an overall goal of assuring the campus is safe.  University Police are victim-centered and committed to pursuing the truth within an investigation.  Finally, the University Police will NOT force victims/complainants of rape and sex offenses to pursue a criminal investigation, but WILL strongly encourage them to receive support and will walk them through each step of the investigative process should they seek a criminal investigation. top

Clery Act Reporting

 Millersville University also complies with the Clery Act.  Clery requires all Campus Security Authorities, those who have significant responsibility for student activities such as club advisors, resident assistants, coaches to report to University Police allegations of Clery Act crimes, including rape and sexual assault.  The University will issue campus timely warnings if a report is timely and there is a reasonable belief someone else may be the target of the same offender(s).


The University's fact-finding investigation may be delayed for a short period of time upon a request from a police investigator or district attorney, but we will promptly investigate the report when it does not interfere with a criminal investigation.  In addition, if a University official has a reasonable belief that a crime has been committed, she or he may be obligated to report that to law enforcement if police have not already been notified.  In cases where a police investigation has been conducted or is being conducted for sexual assaults, MUPD may be able to provide reports to the Offices of Judicial Affairs and/or Title IX Coordinator with the complainant's consent. The University uses good faith efforts to resolve sexual misconduct within 30 days, but depending on the complexity of the case more time may be necessary.  The University will keep a complainant advised as to the status of the case and as is reasonable. Complainants and respondents will be informed of the outcome of the case in writing. 

The University will take interim steps to protect a complainant while the case is pending. Depending on the case and the complainant's wishes, these steps may include class and on-campus housing moves, ordering a respondent to not have contact with you, excluding a respondent from parts of campus, or providing you with an escort to accompany you on campus.  Any adjustments made will be designed to minimize the burden on the complainant's educational program and/or workplace conditions.  Some of these actions may also be remedies in those cases resulting in a finding of a policy violation.  top


Students who would like to discuss their situations in a private environment, and share or seek information about a sexual misconduct issue without making a formal complaint have a number of options.  At various offices on campus and off campus, students can speak to individuals who have professional or legal obligations to keep communications with the student confidential.  When seeking advice and support, students who are concerned about confidentiality should always discuss that concern with the person to whom they are speaking, and should inquire about any limits on that confidentiality.  In life-threatening situations, confidentiality is not legally possible and University employees will contact emergency personnel immediately.

Generally, under Pennsylvania law, confidentiality applies when a student seeks services from the following persons:

When we become aware of an alleged sexual assault, the University will make every effort to provide confidentiality to you.  In some circumstances, such as a report indicating a repeat offender, the University may have an obligation to proceed with an investigation, regardless of a complainant's wishes, in order to ensure campus safety.  You are not required to participate if you choose not to; however, this may limit the University's ability to respond to the incident.  If you request that your name or other identifying information not be used in an investigation, the University will consider your request in light of the context of its responsibility to provide a safe and nondiscriminatory environment. In most cases, information including your name may be shared with the respondent, witnesses and with University officials who have a legitimate need to know.  Beyond that, the University will take steps to protect your identity and the identity of all individuals involved. 

A complainant may be accompanied by an advisor during any meeting.  The advisor may be an attorney, union steward, judicial advocate, or any support person (including YWCA representative or another student).  In the University's process, the complainant and respondent will not be permitted to directly question each other and are not required to be present together at any point.  Both a complainant and a respondent have the right to identify witnesses and provide other information relevant to the investigation.  The University will decide the case based on a preponderance of the evidence standard (whether or not it is more likely than not that the conduct occurred).

The University will not inform students' parents or guardians of their involvement in a situation involving sexual misconduct unless they are in major medical jeopardy. However, students are strongly encouraged to inform their parents or guardians. University officials will directly inform a student's parents or guardians only when requested to do so by the student.  top

Resources for Complainants

 Statement of Rights for Complainants

  • Assistance and Advocacy for Students who have Experienced Sexual Violence or Misconduct

A student may receive assistance from a certified victim advocate by calling the YWCA at (717) 392-7273.  Trained advocates staff this phone number 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.  As part of the services provided by the YWCA Sexual Assault Program, a student does not need to be a rape victim to use its services, and those services are available to men and women alike.  Certified victim advocates are trained to assist victims/complainants of sexual misconduct and will speak with the student confidentially as the student considers options.  They can help a student identify other sources of emotional and physical support.  They can provide counseling and also assist the student in understanding the student's rights and reporting options.  The University encourages all students who believe they may have been the target of sexual misconduct to contact the YWCA and seek the assistance of an advocate.

Center for Counseling & Human Development
Students may seek additional care/support through the Center for Counseling & Human Development and/or seek private counseling available through their private health insurance plan. 

  • Medical Assistance

Students who have experienced a recent sexual assault are strongly encouraged to seek immediate medical assistance.  In cases of sexual assault, it is imperative to be medically examined as soon as possible.  Even if there are no physical injuries, there is always a risk for sexual transmitted diseases, and in some cases, pregnancy.  It is best to go to the Lancaster General Hospital or Health Services to be evaluated.  Crime Victim Compensation will cover many of the costs resulting from the assault.  A sexual assault evidentiary exam is fully covered and paid for by the State of Pennsylvania and will not be submitted for insurance purposes.  If a student feels they were drugged, the hospital can collect a urine sample for forensic testing.  A rape kit examination will preserve forensic evidence.  Even if a student is uncertain whether to make a police report, evidence can be collected now for use at a later date.  It is harder to go back and collect evidence at a later date.  Preserving physical evidence is important if the student is interested in pursuing charges immediately or in the future.  Evidence deteriorates over time, it is best to have a rape kit completed within 72 hours of the assault. 

To preserve evidence, it is recommended that you do not bathe, shower, douche, eat, drink, smoke, brush your teeth, urinate, defecate or change clothes before the SAFE examination.  Even if you have already taken any of these actions, you are still encouraged to have prompt medical care.  Additionally, you are encouraged to gather bedding, linens or unlaundered clothing and any other pertinent articles that may be used for evidence.  Secure them in a clean paper bag or clean sheet.  Receiving an evidentiary examination does not mean that an individual must make a formal report to the University or to law enforcement.  Rather, the examination serves to preserve evidence in the event that an individual may wish to make a complaint in the future.

  • Academic and Housing Accommodations; Interim Actions to Protect Students

A student who believes he or she has been the target of sexual misconduct, as well as a student who has been accused of sexual misconduct, may contact the Title IX Coordinator (717) 871-4100 to request any of the following, when related to the incident or accusation of sexual misconduct:

a) a change of the student's on-campus housing location to a different on-campus location if alternate on-campus housing is available;
b) assistance in exploring alternative housing off campus;
c) assistance in exploring alternative transportation and employment situations as appropriate;
d) assistance in securing a transfer of class sections;
e) assistance in arranging incompletes, leaves, or withdrawal;
f) issuance of a No-Contact/No Trespass order if the University determines that continued contact between a student who has made a complaint, a student who has been accused of sexual misconduct, and/or a witness would be detrimental to any of the parties' welfare;
g) other interim actions, when necessary to protect student welfare, such as interim suspensions. 

Requests for such arrangements or actions will be granted in appropriate circumstances as determined by the Vice President for Student Affairs or his/her designee.

  • Protection Against Retaliation

Millersville University prohibits retaliatory action against any person making a complaint of sexual misconduct or against any person cooperating or assisting in the investigation of any complaint of sexual misconduct.  This includes any form of intimidation, threats, or harassment.  Acts of retaliation constitute a violation of University policy and of the Student Code of Conduct and will result in disciplinary action.  Respondents are informed of this provision and any retaliation should be reported to the Title IX Coordinator.

If you have experienced sexual misconduct, you are encouraged to seek the assistance of MUPD (717) 871-4357.  If you are not sure whether criminal conduct is involved, an officer can assist the student in determining whether a crime has been committed. If the sexual misconduct occurred off campus, an officer can assist you in contacting the appropriate law enforcement agency. You can request and receive the assistance of the MUPD without making a criminal complaint or making a complaint to the University.

MUPD is committed to ensuring that students who report sexual misconduct receive comprehensive care, regardless of whether or not they wish to make a formal criminal complaint.

If you contact MUPD, an officer will:

  1. call a certified YWCA victim advocate to assist the student in every step of the process;
  2. accompany the student to the hospital if she/he wishes;
  3. contact the Title IX Coordinator (717) 871-4100 if the student wishes to make a complaint under University processes or utilize the resources of that office, including making a request for accommodations or other support;
  4. talk with the student privately and treat the student with respect, sensitivity, and dignity.

Even if an assault took place on non-University property or was reported to another law enforcement agency, you are encouraged to contact the MUPD for assistance with safety issues while on campus (e.g., protection from particular individuals). top

Resources for Respondents

 Statement of Rights for Respondents

  • Confidential Resources

If you are accused of sexual misconduct you may discuss your situation privately with counselors at the Center for Counseling & Human Development (Lyle Hall, 871-7821).  A respondent's conversations with University counselors will not be reported to anyone else in the University except in cases of a threat of imminent physical harm.  When seeking private advice and support from these offices or from any University employee, students should always confirm whether legal confidentiality applies to their communications with the person to whom they are speaking.

  • Academic or Housing Accommodations

A student who is accused of sexual misconduct may seek academic or housing accommodations, as explained above, when such accommodations are related to problems related to the accusation.

  • Due Process

The University will treat respondents with fairness and respect and will ensure that its investigations and disciplinary proceedings are conducted in accordance with principles of due process.

A student who is accused of sexual misconduct may be assisted by an attorney or other advisor of his or her choosing.  A student who is accused of sexual misconduct and is being criminally prosecuted should consider seeking the assistance of an attorney.

  • University Prohibition Against Knowingly False Complaints

The University prohibits students from knowingly making false complaints of sexual misconduct (including sexual assault and sexual harassment).  Knowingly making false complaints of sexual misconduct constitutes a violation of the Student Code of Conduct and will result in disciplinary action.  However, a complaint made in good faith is not considered false merely because the evidence does not ultimately support the allegation of sexual misconduct.  top

Prevention and Education Programs

In an effort to reduce the risk of sexual misconduct occurring on and off campus, it is the policy of the University to provide a wide range of awareness and prevention programming annually.  Programs are offered throughout the year and upon request and include strong messages not just about awareness, but also primary prevention (including normative messaging, environmental management and bystander intervention).

Programs also offer information on risk reduction, how to recognize warning signals and how to avoid potential attacks, and do so without applying victim-blaming approaches.  Ongoing awareness and prevention campaigns are directed to students, faculty and staff throughout the year.  Below is a listing of current initiatives:

  1. The University's sexual harassment policy statement is provided to all new faculty and staff employees during employee orientation programs.
  2. The University's Title IX Policy & Complaint Procedures Sex Discrimination and Sexual Misconduct is emailed every fall and spring semester to all students, faculty, and staff.  The notification provides policy information and information on the designation of a campus Title IX Coordinator.
  3. Sexual harassment prevention/Title IX training sessions are offered to all University faculty, staff, and administrators.
  4. Online sexual assault prevention programs/tutorials are provided to all incoming students participating in new student orientation.
  5. All University Police officers receive domestic violence and sexual assault training by the Lancaster County District Attorney's office and annual training coordinated by the PA State Police.
  6. University Police officers receive regular training on investigations into charges of rape, sex offenses, and domestic violence.
  7. Relevant University departments are in constant communication to ensure support for victims of sexual violence and intimate partner violence.
  8. University Police facilitate Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) System training to the campus community.
  9. Online harassment prevention training is provided for all University students, faculty, staff, and administrators.
  10. Training seminars are provided for all resident assistants, peer mentors, and graduate assistants within Housing & Residential Programs during the fall and spring semesters.
  11. Training seminars are provided for all orientation leaders within new student orientation and they are instructed to familiarize their orientation groups with the University's policies and procedures.
  12. Training seminars are provided for individual classes and programs on a request basis.  top

Resources and Contact Information


Off Campus Emergency


Campus Emergency



Campus Ministries  (717) 871-5942
Center for Counseling and Human Development (Lyle Hall)  (717) 871-7821
Center for Health Education and Promotion (Montour House)  (717) 871-4206
Health Services  (717) 871-5250
Office of Judical Affairs (SMC)  (717) 871-5841
Title IX Coordinator             (717) 871-4100
Office fo the Vice President for Student Affairs & Enrollment Management (SMC)  (717) 871-7083 or 871-5714
State Employee Assistance Program  (800) 692-7459
Threat Assessment Team  (717) 871-7070
University Police  (717) 871-4357
YWCA Sexual Assault Counselors (Health Services)                                 (717) 871-5250



Sexual Assault - YWCA Sexual Assault Prevention and Counseling Center  (717) 392-7273
Domestice Violence - Domestic Violence Services of Lancaster County  (717) 299-1249
Suicide - CONTACT Lancaster Helpline  (717) 299-4855
               - Crisis Intervention of Lancaster County  (717) 394-2631
               - Pennsylvania Suicide Hotline  (800) 784-2433

Sexual Assault Examination

Lancaster General Hospital Emergency Room (ER)                                   (717) 544-5511

Medical/Healthcare Resources

Planned Parenthood of Lancaster                                                         (717) 299-2891
Health Services  (717) 871-5250

Law Enforcement (Non-Emergency)

Millersville Borough Police Department  (717) 872-4658
Manor Township Police Department  (717) 299-5231
Lancaster City Police Department  (717) 664-1180
Lancaster County District Attorney's Office  (717) 291-8100
24/7 Lancaster County Non-Emergency Dispatch                                  (717) 664-1180
(All Lancaster County Police Departments)
University Police  (717) 871-4357

Legal Assistance

Domestic Violence Legal Clinic  (717) 291-5826
(Assistance with Protection from Abuse Orders)                                  

Lancaster County Victim Witness Services  (717) 299-8048
(Support and Advocacy to Victims of Crime)                                           

Financial Information

Victims Compensation Assistance Program                                            (800) 233-2339