COVID-19 and TITLE IX FAQ's
Q. How can I report matters of sexual misconduct?
A. Any individual may make a report concerning sexual misconduct. Individuals are encouraged to report incidents of sexual misconduct as soon as possible in order for the University to respond promptly and effectively. Individuals can report concerns to the Title IX Coordinator via phone at (717) 477-1161 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Individuals also have the option to file a report electronically and/or anonymously below. Additionally, individuals have the right to be assisted by the University in notifying law enforcement authorities.
Q. Will the Office of Equity, Inclusion, and Compliance be working remotely?
A. Yes. Per guidance from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the State System of Higher Education, employees who are able to work remotely will be doing so for the remainder of the semester. The Title IX Coordinator and other Title IX office employees can be reached via phone at (717) 477-1161 or email at email@example.com
Q. What will happen with Title IX matters that are currently under investigation?
A. The Title IX Investigator & Prevention Specialist will continue conducting investigations. However, for the immediate future, investigators will not conduct interviews in person but will continue investigating using available technology, including conducting interviews telephonically. The University remains committed to the prompt resolution of complaints. However, the timeline of the investigation may be delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Students will be notified of any delays with written notice. Please remember to regularly check your email.
Q. What will happen with Title IX hearings that are currently scheduled?
A. Shippensburg University will not be conducting in-person conduct hearings for the remainder of the semester. Hearings will be conducted using available technology, such as video conferencing. The University will coordinate with students to schedule hearings and provide instructions on how to use available technology. Decisions regarding the scheduling of hearings will consider the availability of participants, the ability to conduct online hearings, the ability to ensure due process for all parties, and the ability to provide sufficient privacy protections. If the party is not in the same location as his or her advisor, breaks will be scheduled to allow the party to consult with his or her advisor.
Q. What resources are available for students?
A. The Office of Equity, Inclusion, and Compliance will continue to offer appropriate supportive and interim measures to students. The University’s ability to offer resources on campus or in person may be severely limited. The University will continue to assist students in identifying supportive resources in the community that they are located. Any existing no-contact orders remain in effect and continue to apply to in-person, online, text message, or other communications. A list of confidential resources can be found here.
The Office of Equity, Inclusion and Compliance
The Office of Equity, Inclusion and Compliance at Shippensburg University assists the university in ensuring equal opportunity and access to educational, employment and contract opportunities for all persons including students, faculty, staff and administrators. The university will make every effort to provide these opportunities to all persons regardless of race, religion, sex, national origin, ancestry, age, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, or veteran status. This applies to all members of the university community, all applicants for admission or employment and all participants in university-sponsored activities.
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To report an incident of discrimination, harassment, or retaliation, please use the online report.