Nondiscrimination & No Harassment

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  • Nondiscrimination and No Harassment Policy Statement 

    (Effective:  August 12, 2014)

    Saint Francis University, inspired by its Franciscan and Catholic identity, values equality of opportunity, human dignity, racial, cultural, and ethnic diversity, both as an educational institution and as an employer. Accordingly, the University prohibits and does not engage in discrimination or harassment on the basis of gender, age, race, color, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, veteran status, or any protected classification. The University is committed to this policy based upon its values and as required by Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and other applicable statutes and University policies. This policy applies to all programs and activities of the University, including, but not limited to, admission and employment practices, educational policies, scholarship and loan programs and athletic or other University sponsored programs. 

    Questions regarding this policy may be addressed to Ms. Heather Meck, Institutional Compliance Officer/Affirmative Action/Title IX/Section 504 Coordinator, Saint Francis University, 102A Raymond Hall, Loretto, PA 15940, (814) 472-3213. hmeck@francis.edu

    Sexual Misconduct, Relationship Violence, Harassment and Discrimination:

    A guide to reporting

    As a Catholic and Franciscan institution, Saint Francis University is committed to maintaining an environment of dignity and respect. Saint Francis University will not tolerate sexual harassment, sexual violence, dating violence, domestic violence, stalking, or sexually inappropriate conduct in any form.

    All members of the faculty, administration, and supervisors who have information regarding, are witness to, or become aware by any means of any form of sexual harassment, sexual misconduct, inappropriate sexual behavior, relationship violence and/or criminal activity that occurs on our campus involving either an employee, student, or guest are required to report the incident immediately. All other employees are strongly encouraged to report such incidents. Reports may be made directly to either the Title IX Coordinator or a Title IX Deputy Coordinator listed on this guide.

    Additionally, it is important to be aware that all members of the faculty, administration, and all supervisors are also required to report other incidents of harassment and/or discrimination that they observe or of which they become aware among our employee population. These reports may be made to the Director of Human Resources or the Director of Public Safety and Police, who are also Title IX Deputy Coordinators. All members of the community may also submit a report via Ethics Point located at http://info.francis.edu/campus-health-and-safety/

    Students:

    Any student who believes he or she has been a victim of sexual misconduct or relationship violence should bring the matter to the attention of the Director of Public Safety and Police, the Associate Dean of Students or any Title IX Deputy Coordinator. Incidents involving other forms of discrimination or harassment should be brought to the attention of any Title IX Deputy Coordinator, and/or another University official through Ethics Point located at http://info.francis.edu/campus-health-and-safety/. The Counseling Center Resource website provides information about various support services (both confidential and official). For more information visit: http://info.francis.edu/counseling-services/.

    Employees:

    An employee who believes he or she is a victim of sexual misconduct, relationship violence, harassment and/or discrimination should bring the matter to the attention of his/her supervisor, any Title IX Deputy Coordinator, and/or another University official through Ethics Point located at http://info.francis.edu/campus-health-and-safety/

    If you would like to speak directly with a trained member of the University community, you may also contact one of the individuals listed:

    Title IX Coordinator

    Heather Meck
    Associate Vice President for Administration
    Raymond Hall 102A
    hmeck@francis.edu, 814.472.3213

    Title IX Deputy Coordinators

    Marian Bender
    Director of Human Resources
    Raymond Hall 101
    mbender@francis.edu, 814.472.3931

    Peter Skoner
    Associate Provost
    Scotus Hall 313
    pskoner@francis.edu, 814.472.3085

    Donald Miles
    Director of Residence Life
    Padua Hall 227
    dmiles@francis.edu, 814.472.3380

    Lynne Banks
    Associate Dean of Students
    Padua Hall 232B
    lbanks@francis.edu, 814.472.3352

    Robert Fatula
    Director of Public Safety and Police
    Raymond Hall 1
    rfatula@francis.edu, 814.472.3361

    Erika Renwick
    Senior Associate Director of Athletics
    Stokes Athletics Center 153
    erenwick@francis.edu, 814.472.3294

    Resources:

    Additional campus resources for preventing and responding to incidents of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking are:

    The Student Health Center

    University Police

    The Counseling Center

    Campus Health and Safety Webpage
    Including submitting a report via Ethics Point

    Inquiries may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator or Deputy Coordinators identified on this guide or to the Office for Civil Rights, United States Department of Education. For further information, visit https://wdcrobcolp01.ed.gov/CFAPPS/OCR/contactus.cfm for the address and phone number of the U.S Department of Education office that serves your area, or call 1-800-421-3481.

     

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