The University encourages students to report any situation in which they believe sexual assault or other sexual misconduct has occurred.
Emergency Reporting and Immediate Care
The first priority for any individual is personal safety and well-being. The University encourages all individuals to seek immediate assistance from University Police (570-941-7777), the City of Scranton Police Department at 911 or (570)348-4134, and/or a medical facility. This is the best way to address immediate safety concerns while allowing for the preservation of evidence and an immediate investigative response. If you have experienced sexual misconduct, including sexual assault:
- Preserve all evidence of the sexual assault or other form of sexual misconduct.
- Do not bathe, change or dispose of clothing, use the restroom, wash hands, brush teeth, eat or smoke.
- If you are still at the location of the incident, do not clean anything.
- Write down all the details you can recall about the incident and the perpetrator including any information related to previous concerning behavior or history.
- In cases of sexual assault, seek medical care as soon as possible. Even if you do not have any visible physical injuries, you may be at risk of acquiring a sexually transmitted infection (women may also be at risk for pregnancy).
- Ask the health care professional to conduct a Sexual Assault Forensic Exam (SAFE).
- If you suspect you were drugged, request collection of a urine or blood sample.
On Campus Reporting Options
Students are encouraged to directly report information regarding any incident of sexual harassment or sexual misconduct to any of the following reporting options:
Title IX Coordinator
Ms. Jennifer LaPorta
Executive Director and Title IX Coordinator
Office of Equity and Diversity
Institute of Molecular Biology and Medicine, Suite 103
Phone: (570) 941-6645 E-mail:Jennifer.firstname.lastname@example.org
Deputy Title IX Coordinator
Ms. Lauren Rivera
Associate Vice Provost for Student Formation & Campus Life and Dean of Students
Suite 201, The Patrick & Margaret DeNaples Center
Phone: (570)941-7680 E-mail: email@example.com
The University of Scranton Police Department
Campus Parking Pavilion
Phone: 570-941-7777 (emergency) or 570-941-7888 (non-emergency)
Online Anonymous Reporting
The University of Scranton Police Silent Witness Program
Required Reporter Statement
University policy provides that every employee (except those specifically identified as “confidential” resources) who receives a report of sexual harassment or sexual misconduct is required to share the report with the Title IX Coordinator. Resident Assistants, Graduate Assistants, and Student Officers are also required reporters. While students are encouraged to directly report information to the designated reporting options listed above, the University recognizes that a student may choose to share information regarding sexual harassment and sexual misconduct with other employees of the University, e.g. a Resident Assistant, faculty member, or coach. The University is committed to ensuring that all reports are shared with the Title IX Coordinator for consistent application of the Sexual Harassment and Sexual Misconduct Policy to all individuals and to allow the University to respond promptly and equitably to eliminate the prohibited conduct, prevent its recurrence and address its effects.
RESOURCES AND SUPPORT SERVICES
Medical Support Services
Medical Services in cases of sexual assault or other sexual misconduct are best handled by a hospital when the student seeks assistance within 72 hours of the incident. In addition to Student Health Services which provides medical support and assistance to University students, medical treatment and collection of evidence is available locally at:
Geisinger Community Medical Center
1800 Mulberry St.
Scranton, PA 18510
The Regional Hospital of Scranton
746 Jefferson Ave.
Scranton, PA 18510
Moses Taylor Hospital
700 Quincy Ave.
Scranton, PA 18510
If the student visits a hospital for an exam, both the police and Women’s Resource Center of Lackawanna County (WRC) should be notified by the hospital. The student may choose whether or not to speak to the police and/or the WRC. If the student chooses to speak to the police, he or she still has the option of whether or not to file charges against the person accused. The WRC Advocate will be able to provide support and information through the process.
Confidential Resources and Support Services
If a student desires confidentiality, she or he should make contact with one of the confidential resources/ support services listed below.
Counseling Services (570-941-7620) are provided by the University’s Counseling Center located on the 6th floor of O’Hara Hall. If requested, the Counseling Center will provide counseling as well as referrals to agencies off-campus. Counseling services are available Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. during the academic year.
Student Health Services (570-941-7667) provides medical support and assistance to University students from 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday and Friday 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. during the academic year. Student Health Services is located at the corner of North Webster Avenue and Mulberry Street in the Roche Wellness Center.
Women’s Resource Center of Lackawanna County is a confidential, community-based agency serving those who have experienced sexual assault or other sexual misconduct. A counselor/advocate can be reached 24 hours a day by calling (570) 346-4671.
National Sexual Assault Hotline is a free, confidential national resource available 24 hours a day by calling (800) 656-HOPE or online.rainn.org.
Additional Resources and Support Services
Various resources within the University and local community are available for students who have experienced sexual harassment or sexual misconduct of any kind. In this regard, University policy and practices are designed to encourage students to seek support and receive assistance. Regardless of which resource(s) a student chooses to access, the situation will be handled with sensitivity and care designed to protect the privacy of the student/s involved.
Campus Ministries (570-941-7419) is located the DeNaples Center, Suite 200 and offers pastoral support. Students may stop by the office and ask to speak to a priest or campus minister or schedule an appointment. Although Campus Ministries staff are not a confidential employees, ordained priests acting in their pastoral capacity are confidential and will not report to the Title IX Coordinator.
The Jane Kopas Women’s Center (570-941-6194) is located in the DeNaples Center, Suite 205. The Center is a safe and comfortable gathering place that also provides educational programming, leadership development, resources and referrals.
www.scranton.edu/CARE is a website maintained by the University which provides information and resources for those in our campus community who have experienced or witnessed sexual harassment or sexual misconduct.
The Title IX Coordinator, Jennifer LaPorta, is located in the Office of Equity and Diversity (570-941-6645). This office located in the Molecular Biology Institute, Room 100, provides programs, resources, and support. The Title IX Coordinator is available to discuss any questions regarding the Sexual Harassment and Sexual Misconduct Policy, to assist a student in accessing resources and support services and to facilitate the investigation and resolution of reports of conduct that may violate the Sexual Harassment and Sexual Misconduct Policy.
University Police (570-941-7777) are available to coordinate with various resources to provide for the safety and well-being of the person who experienced sexual assault or another form of sexual misconduct. This may include transporting a student to a hospital for medical care, assisting in obtaining a Protection from Abuse Order from the local court, and/or coordinating with appropriate legal authorities including the Lackawanna County District Attorney’s Office and the Victim/Witness Unit.
The Dean of Students/Deputy Title IX Coordinator, Lauren Rivera, is located in the DeNaples Student Center, Suite 201 (570-941-7680). The Dean of Students (or designee) meets with students to offer support and resource information, safeguard the larger University community, discuss formal reporting options, and review the Title IX investigation process. The following is an outline of the information, resources and support provided by the Dean of Students (“Dean”).
- Assess student welfare determining if immediate medical attention is necessary and/or desired.
- Triage the need for and provide information about support services and/or resources (either on or off campus). As part of this process, the Dean will refer the student to the law enforcement (if not already contacted) for an investigation and/or explanation of options if the student chooses. If the student chooses not to speak with University Police or local police, this request will be honored. If the Dean believes there is an imminent danger to the student or to the larger University community, the Dean will contact University Police.
- Provide information about and assistance in obtaining interim measures, including, but not limited to, no contact directives and academic support.
- The Dean works closely with academic deans across the University to assist the student with academic concerns and issues that may arise as a result of a sexual assault or other sexual misconduct.
- The Dean may issue a “no contact directive” preventing direct or indirect contact in cases where multiple students are involved. It is enforceable through the University’s Student Code of Conduct.
- The Dean also assists with housing accommodations in the event that involved students live in close proximity to or have classes with each other.
- Discuss formal reporting options by reviewing the University’s Sexual Harassment & Sexual Misconduct Policy and referring interested students to the appropriate police authority or community advocates to learn more about the criminal process