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Harassment, Hazing, Sexual Misconduct and Violence

Below you will find policies concerning harassment, hazing, sexual misconduct, aggressive behavior, and violence.

If you are experiencing an emergency, please call 911.

Additional resources are available through the Department of Public Safety (717-477-1444) and Equity, Inclusion, and Compliance (717-477-1161).

Antihazing Policy

Originating Office: Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs

Purpose: Shippensburg University ("University") is committed to maintaining an educational environment that fosters the health, safety, and dignity of all those within its University community. Consistent with that commitment, the University has promulgated this Antihazing Policy.

Scope: This Policy applies to individuals and organizations associated with the University. In addition, this Policy applies to acts that are conducted on or off-campus if such acts constitute hazing under this Policy. This Policy does not apply, however, to reasonable and customary athletic, law enforcement or military training, contests, competitions or events.

Objective: To provide clear guidance on what constitutes hazing and the consequences for engaging in such hazing.

Definitions:

Hazing - Intentionally, knowingly or recklessly, for the purposes of initiating, admitting or affiliating a minor, student, applicant or admitted individual into or with an organization, or for the purposes of continuing or enhancing the membership or status a minor, student, applicant or admitted individual in an organization, causes, coerces or forces the minor, student, applicant or admitted individual to do any of the following:

  1. Violate federal or state criminal law;
  2. Consume any food, liquid, alcoholic liquid, drug or other substance that subjects the minor, student, applicant or admitted an individual to a risk of emotional or physical harm;
  3. Endure brutality of a physical nature, including whipping, beating, branding, calisthenics or exposure to the elements;
  4. Endure brutality of a mental nature, including activity adversely affecting the mental health or dignity of the individual, sleep deprivation, exclusion from social contact or conduct that could result in extreme embarrassment;
  5. Endure brutality of a sexual nature;
  6. Endure any other activity that creates a reasonable likelihood of bodily injury to the minor, student, applicant or admitted individual.
  7. Any willful destruction or removal of public or private property for the purpose of initiation or admission into or affiliation with, or as a condition for continued membership in an organization.

Organization - Includes any of the following:

  1. A fraternity, sorority, association corporation, order, society, corps, club or service, a social or similar group, whose members are primarily minors, students or alumni of the organization or University.
  2. A national or international organization with which a fraternity or sorority or other organization, as enumerated under paragraph (1), is affiliated.

Enforcement: Any individual or organization associated with the University, who is found responsible for committing hazing, will be held accountable under this Policy, as well as the University's Code of Conduct. For information on the University's Code of Conduct, please refer to the website or call the Dean of Students at 717-477-1164.

In addition, the University, organizations, and individuals may also be criminally charged under Pennsylvania law.

Sanctions:

Possible sanctions for a student:

  1. The imposition of fines;
  2. The withholding of diplomas or transcripts pending compliance with the rules or payment of fines;
  3. The imposition of probation, suspension, dismissal or expulsion.

Possible sanctions for an organization:

  1. The imposition of fines;
  2. Rescission of permission to operate on campus or other University property;
  3. Rescission of permission to operate under the sanction or recognition of the University.

Prohibited Defenses: It is not a defense that the consent of the minor or individual was sought or obtained. It is also not a defense to hazing that the conduct was sanctioned or approved by the University or organization.

Reporting Hazing Activity: All reports of hazing are taken very seriously. If you have been hazed, have witnessed hazing, or suspect that someone you know has been hazed, you can report such information confidentially via our website or by phone to University officials. If you wish to speak to someone directly, please contact the Dean of Students at 717-477-1164. If the situation requires immediate attention and/or an individual's safety is at risk, please contact the University Police Department 717-477-1444, or 911 if off-campus. Please provide as much detail as possible when reporting.

 

Sexual Misconduct Policy

701-002 Sexual Misconduct Policy

Policy Statement on Reporting Harassment, Violence and Aggressive Behavior on Campus

Purpose

In accordance with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act and the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act, Shippensburg University is committed to establishing and maintaining a learning and working environment that is safe for all members of the campus community including students, staff, faculty, administration, and visitors. The purpose of this policy is to provide a set of guidelines through which harassment and violent or aggressive behavior can be reported and addressed.

Direct Threat from Faculty
Against Faculty

Contact: Department Chair, Shippensburg University Police, Dean/Provost, Human Resources

Against Staff

Contact: Shippensburg University Police, Supervisor/VP, Human Resources, Dean/Provost

Against Students

Contact: Shippensburg University Police, Dean of Students, Dean/Provost, Human Resources

Direct Threat from Staff
Against Faculty

Contact: Shippensburg University Police, Chair, Dean/Provost, Human Resources/VP

Against Staff

Contact: Shippensburg University Police, Supervisor/VP, Human Resources

Against Students

Contact: Shippensburg University Police, Dean of Students, Human Resources, VP

Direct Threat from Students
Against Faculty

Contact: Shippensburg University Police, Department Chair/Dean, Dean of Students, Provost

Against Staff

Contact: Shippensburg University Police, Supervisor/VP, Dean of Students

Against Students

Contact: Shippensburg University Police, Dean of Students

Direct Threat from Others
Against Faculty

Contact: Shippensburg University Police, Department Chair, Dean/Provost

Against Staff

Contact: Shippensburg University Police, Supervisor/VP, Human Resources

Against Students

Contact: Shippensburg University Police, Dean of Students, Dean/Provost, Human Resources

Harassment from Faculty
Against Faculty

Contact: Social Equity, Department Chair, Dean/Provost, Shippensburg University Police, Human Resources

Against Staff

Contact: Social Equity, Supervisor/VP, Shippensburg University Police, Human Resources, Dean/Provost

Against Students

Contact: Shippensburg University Police, Dean of Students, Dean/Provost, Human Resources

Harassment from Staff
Against Faculty

Contact: Social Equity, Department Chair, Dean/Provost/VP, Human Resources, Shippensburg University Police

Against Staff

Contact: Social Equity, Supervisor/VP, Human Resources, Shippensburg University Police

Against Students

Contact: Shippensburg University Police, Dean of Students, Human Resources, VP

Harassment from Students
Against Faculty

Contact: Shippensburg University Police, Department Chair/Dean of Students, Provost, Social Equity

Against Staff

Contact: Shippensburg University Police, Supervisor/VP, Dean of Students, Social Equity

Against Students

Contact: Shippensburg University Police, Dean of Students, Social Equity

Harassment from Others
Against Faculty

Contact: Shippensburg University Police, Department Chair, Dean/Provost, Social Equity

Against Staff

Contact; Shippensburg University Police, Supervisor/VP, Human Resources, Social Equity

Against Students

Contact: Shippensburg University Police, Dean of Students, Social Equity

Physical Violence from Faculty
Against Faculty

Contact: Shippensburg University Police, Department Chair, Dean/Provost, Human Resources

Against Staff

Contact: Shippensburg University Police, Supervisor/VP, Human Resources, Dean/Provost

Against Students

Contact: Shippensburg University Police, Dean of Students, Dean/Provost, Human Resources

Physical Violence from Staff
Against Faculty

Contact: Shippensburg University Police, Department Chair, Dean/Provost, Human Resources/VP

Against Staff

Contact: Shippensburg University Police, Supervisor/VP, Human Resources

Against Students

Contact: Shippensburg University Police, Dean of Students, Human Resources, VP

Physical Violence from Students
Against Faculty

Contact: Shippensburg University Police, Department Chair/Dean, Dean of Students, Provost

Against Staff

Contact: Shippensburg University Police, Supervisor/VP, Dean of Students

Against Students

Contact: Shippensburg University Police, Dean of Students

Physical Violence from Others
Against Faculty

Contact: Shippensburg University Police, Department Chair, Dean/Provost

Against Staff

Contact: Shippensburg University Police, Supervisor/VP, Human Resources

Against Students

Contact: Shippensburg University Police, Dean of Students

Disruptive Behavior from Faculty
Against Faculty

Contact: Department Chair and/or Shippensburg University Police, Dean/Provost, Human Resources

Against Staff

Contact: Supervisor/VP and/or Shippensburg University Police, Human Resources, Dean/Provost

Against Students

Contact: Dean of Students and/or Shippensburg University Police, Dean/Provost, Human Resources

Disruptive Behavior from Staff
Against Faculty

Contact: Department Chair and/or Shippensburg University Police, Dean/Provost, Human Resources/VP

Against Staff

Contact: Supervisor/VP and/or Shippensburg University Police, Human Resources

Against Students

Contact: Dean of Students and/or Shippensburg University Police, Human Resources, VP

Disruptive Behavior from Students
Against Faculty

Contact: Department Chair/Dean and/or Shippensburg University Police, Dean of Students, Provost

Against Staff

Contact: Supervisor/VP and/or Shippensburg University Police, Dean of Students

Against Students

Contact: Dean of Students and/or Shippensburg University Police

Disruptive Behavior from Others
Against Faculty

Contact: Department Chair and/or Shippensburg University Police, Dean/Provost

Against Staff

Contact: Supervisor/VP and/or Shippensburg University Police, Human Resources

Against Students

Contact: Dean of Students and/or Shippensburg University Police

Scope

This policy applies to all employees, students, contractors, visitors and all other persons on the grounds subject to University control as well as those engaged in activities to further the interests of the University. 

Policy

It is the policy of Shippensburg University to maintain a peaceful and productive environment.  Harassment, threats, threatening conduct, or any other acts of aggression or violence on the University premises or while operating University vehicles will not be tolerated.  Any individual receiving or witnessing harassment, violent or aggressive behavior should report the incident to the appropriate authority as outlined on the following chart.

Campus Behavior Reporting

NOTE: INDIVIDUALS WHO ARE SUBJECT TO OR OBSERVE ACTIONS IN VIOLATION OF THIS POLICY SHOULD CONTACT ONE OR MORE OF THE FOLLOWING INDIVIDUALS/DEPARTMENTS.  INDIVIDUALS SHOULD ALSO EXERCISE PERSONAL DISCRETION REGARDING THE INVOLVEMENT OF UNIVERSITY POLICE.

Notes

1. Key: HR - Human Resources; SE - Social Equity/Title IX Coordinator; VP - Respective Vice President.

2. The aforementioned chart is not inclusive of all possibilities and should be viewed only as a guide. In some cases the reporting individual may choose to limit to whom he/she reports the behavior.

3. Contacts are listed in a possible order of reporting.  The SU Police may or may not be the first contact made based upon the perceived severity of the behavior.  The reporting individual is responsible for ensuring that the selected individuals in the reporting structure are notified.

4. Definitions:

Direct Threat: A person commits the crime of a terroristic threat if the person communicates, either directly or indirectly, a threat to (a) commit any crime of violence with intent to terrorize another; (b) cause evacuation of a building, place of assembly or facility of public transportation; or (c) otherwise cause serious public inconvenience, or cause terror or serious public inconvenience with reckless disregard of the risk of causing such terror or inconvenience.  Threats may be communicated via email, by telephone, verbally, in writing, by proxy, via social media, and/or in person.

Harassment: A person commits the crime of harassment when, with intent to harass, annoy or alarm another, the person (a) follows the other individual in or about a public place or places; (b) engages in a course of conduct or repeatedly commits acts which serve no legitimate purpose; (c) communicates to or about such other individual any lewd, lascivious, threatening or obscene words, language, drawings or caricatures; (d) communicates repeatedly in an anonymous manner; (e) communicates repeatedly at extremely inconvenient hours; or (f) communicates repeatedly in a manner other than specified in the aforementioned. Harassment may be demonstrated via email, by telephone, verbally, in writing, by proxy, via social media, and/or in person.

Physical Violence: A person strikes, shoves, kicks or otherwise subjects the other individual to physical contact, or attempts or threatens to do the same.

Legal obligations exist under Title VI and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, and the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act to prevent unlawful harassment in the workplace, be it based on sex, race, religion, national origin, or disability. Interpretations of these statutes by the courts, the EEOC, and the PHRC define “harassment” as employee conduct that unreasonably interferes with an individual’s work performance or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment. The type of conduct that creates the hostile work environment is typically not criminal in nature; instead the conduct is a pattern of behavior that creates a hostile work environment as perceived by the victim. The harassment policies promulgated by the Office of Social Equity include specific procedures that are to be followed when a person asserts that he or she is being unlawfully harassed by an employee.

In Davis v. Monroe County Board of Education, 526 U.S. 629 (1999) the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that in order to constitute sex discrimination in violation of Title IX of the Education Amendment of 1972, the harassment must be “so severe, pervasive and objectively offensive that it can be said to deprive the victim’s access to the educational opportunities or benefits provided by the school.”

Disruptive Behavior: A person is disruptive when he/she engages in conduct that is disorderly, unnecessarily disturbs others, and/or is disruptive to the normal practices, processes, and functions of individuals and/or the university. Disruption may be demonstrated via email, by telephone, verbally, in writing, by proxy, via social media, and/or in person.

5. When students are the offending party, the Student Code of Conduct will serve as the framework for definition and/or adjudication.  The judicial process may be used in addition to or in lieu of criminal processes.  The judicial process does have interim procedures for removing individuals from class.  The Code of Conduct is published in the Swataney and available on the Shippensburg University website.

6. Parameters of just cause, due process, and the conditions outlined in the collective bargaining agreements will guide institutional response to accusations against faculty and staff members.

7. The notifying individual will likely be required to furnish written documentation outlining the nature, scope, and timeline associated with the alleged behaviors.  Participation in informal and/or formal processes designed to resolve the issues is also likely.

8. Timelines are specific to the type of behavior reported and to whom it was reported.  Discussion should occur between the reporting party and the receiving party about procedures and timelines.  It is always best to report troubling behavior “sooner rather than later.”

Title IX Coordinator

Shippensburg University is committed to providing an environment free from discrimination on the basis of sex. The University has a senior administrator assigned as the Title IX Coordinator to resolve complaints and address issues of gender-based discrimination and sexual misconduct. Any student, faculty or staff member who has concerns about sex discrimination or sexual misconduct is encouraged to seek assistance in the Office of Social Equity where the Title IX Coordinator is housed.

If you have any questions about sexual misconduct, sex discrimination, related policies and procedures, contact your Title IX Coordinator in the Office of Social Equity:

Dr. Daniel Velez,
Title IX Coordinator, OM 200 ~ ext. 1161
Mr. Marcus Foster,
Title IX Investigator/Prevention Specialist, OM 200 ~ ext. 1161

Shippensburg University
Old Main 200
1871 Old Main Drive
Shippensburg, PA 17257

717-477-1161 (OFFICE)
717-477-4001 (FAX)