Responding to Sexual Violence
Getting the Help You Need
If you or someone you know has become a victim of sexual violence, misconduct, or harassment, it can be difficult to figure out what to do first. This page tries to pull together resources to make your journey less stressful.
Quick Contact Info
Sexual Misconduct Fact Sheet (will download to your computer)
MILLERSVILLE UNIV's sexuaL mISCONDUCT POLICY (2022) (WILL DOWNLOAD)
Lancaster General Hospital ER: 717-544-5122
Millersville Borough Police: 717-872-4657
Millersville University Police: 717-871-4357
Millersville Health Services: 717-871-5250
- Monday-Thursday: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
- Friday: 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
- Semester breaks: Monday-Friday from 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
Center for Health Information and Promotion (CHEP): email@example.com; 717-871-4141
Title IX Coordinator Elizabeth Swantek: Elizabeth.Swantek@millersville.edu; 717-871-4100
Title IX report: Email MU TITLE IX Coordinator at MUTitleIXCoordinator@millersville.edu
YWCA Sexual Assault and Counseling: 717-871-4141; on campus on Mondays
MU Counseling: 871-7821
Title IX Advisers: The Title IX Coordinator can provide a list of trained Title IX advisers, or you can choose your own adviser (someone in the university or outside of it--your choice).
WGSS Faculty willing to work with you on the process:
- Dr. Frederika Schmitt: Frederika.Schmitt@millersville.edu
- Dr. Jill Craven: Jill.Craven@Millersville.edu
Millersville Sexual Harassment Report
File this report to have your sexual harassment or assault submitted for investigation at Millersville and potentially counted in the Clery Report of crimes committed on campus.
Sexual misconduct that occurs in the educational setting (on or off campus) may implicate several state and federal laws, including the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics (Clery Act), as amended by the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), and a federal civil rights law called Title IX of the Higher Education Amendments of 1972.
This Sexual Harassment report can be used to report sexual harassment, sexual assault, non-consensual sexual intercourse, non-consensual sexual contact, sexual exploitation, sexual exposure, relationship violence, dating violence, domestic violence or stalking.
Once this report is submitted, a member or members of the Sexual Misconduct Response Team will make an initial assessment and will respond accordingly. If you wish to submit this form anonymously, please do not include your contact information.
Behavioral Intervention Report
File a Behavioral Intervention Report to report a Millersville student assailant or harasser to initiate a Millersville investigation of their behaviors.
This report alerts university administration to the potentially dangerous behaviors of a member of the Millersville University community.
The Process at Millersville
This event will disrupt your life and focus for a while. Find some folks who can support you through it.
You are allowed an advisor through the process who can be with you in all meetings and hearings. This person can help you navigate the process through times of confusion or stress. It is a great idea to have this type of support. This person does not have to be part of the university community.
If you have been assaulted, you may need to think about preserving evidence in case you decide to file an official complaint. Take photos, keep clothing, don't shower if there may be fluids (go to the ER within 72 hours).
Contact the police if/when you are ready. You may want to go to the university police (ask for Chief Anders) or the Millersville Borough police (see numbers above).
Consider whether you want to get counseling services. Counseling is available through the Counseling Center, the YWCA, or through outside providers. You need to take care of yourself. Make an appointment just in case you may want one later. You can always cancel it if you don't want it.
If the person who committed the assault is on campus, you can request changes to make you more comfortable. You arrange accommodations by talking to the Title IX Coordinator in the SMC.
The Title IX Coordinator can take an informal or a formal report. Understand the difference in accountability before you decide on one or the other.
- The informal report will get you only the accommodations.
- The formal report insures that the university will do an investigation and you also get the accommodations
- If you file a formal report, you have options. You may request mediation or restorative justice for a less judicial approach OR you may request a formal hearing.
Some of the types of accommodations that you can ask for include:
- changes to housing or classes if you are in proximity to the perpetrator, including emergency relocation;
- accommodations to class deadlines or homework so you have time to recover, including withdrawals from classes;
- issuance of a "No Contact" or "No Trespass" order; and
- other reasonable accommodations.