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Sexual Misconduct Policy


Sexual Misconduct Policy

University of the Sciences is committed to maintaining a safe and healthy educational and work environment, in which no member of the University community is denied the benefits of, or discriminated against, as it relates to any University program or activity, on the basis of sex, sexual orientation, or gender identity. Gender-based and sexual harassment, including sexual violence, are forms of sex discrimination in that they deny or limit an individual’s ability to participate in or benefit from University programs or activities.

This policy identifies how members of the University community can report prohibited behavior to the University confidentially, what resources are available both on and off campus to aid them, and the rights of all parties. It identifies the University’s Title IX Coordinator and Deputy Coordinators, describes the Coordinator’s role in compliance with Title IX, the Clery Act and VAWA, and provides information about how reports of prohibited behavior are assessed, investigated, and resolved.

Sexual Misconduct Policy (PDF)

Reporting

Any person who believes they have been a victim of, have witnessed or otherwise wish to report an incident of sexual misconduct, please submit the Sexual Misconduct Reporting Form. If you would like to provide information anonymously, omit identifying information when completing the form. If you prefer to speak with someone directly, you may contact a member of the Title IX Team.

Other methods to report  an incident of sexual misconduct include:

  • Email: titleix@usciences.edu
  • Phone: (215) 596-7635
  • Mail: 600 South 43rd Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
  • In person: Whitecar Hall, Room 1007

Title IX Team Contact Information

Jessica White Rickmond, Title IX Coordinator
j.rickmond@usciences.edu
215-596-7635
Office Location: Whitecar Hall

Ross Radish, JD, Deputy Title IX Coordinator - Students
r.radish@usciences.edu
215-596-8950
Office Location: Whitecar Hall

Deputy Title IX Coordinator - Faculty
Contact TBD

Deputy Title IX Coordinator - Staff
Please contact:
Ruth Roberts, Director of Human Resources
rroberts2@usciences.edu 
215-596-8697
Office Location: 4100 Chester Ave.

Caroline Kelleher, Title IX Investigator
ckelleher@usciences.edu
215-596-7041
Office Location: Alumni Hall

Resources

If you would like to discuss an incident without the disclosure of personally identifiable information, please contact a confidential resource.

  • For Students:
    Student Health and Counseling (SHAC)
    215-596-8536
    Whitecar Hall
  • For Faculty & Staff:
    Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
    http://higheredeap.com

On Campus Resources List

Emergency Assistance (24/7/365)

  • Public Safety
    Alumni Hall
    215-596-7000

Confidential Medical/Mental Health Assistance

  • Student Health
    Whitecar Hall
    215-596-8980
  • Counseling
    Whitecar Hall
    215-596-8536

Student Support

  • Dean of Students
    Whitecar Hall
    215-596-8950

Employee Support

  • Human Resources
    4100 Chester Ave
    215-596-8930

Off-Campus Resources List

Emergency (24/7/365)

  • 911

24-Hour Hotline/Organizations

  • Women in Transition
    215-751-1111
  • Woman Organized Against Rape
    215-985-3333
  • Women Against Abuse
    866-723-3014
  • National Sexual Assault Online Hotline
    online.rainn.org

Sexual Assault Medical Evaluation

  • Philadelphia Sexual Assault Response Center (PSARC)
    215-800-1589
    300 E. Hunting Park Avenue
    Philadelphia, PA 19124
    For emergencies call 215-425-1625 to reach the on-call sexual assault nurse examiner

Other Resources

  • Philadelphia Police Special Victims Unit (SVU)
    215-685-3251
  • EAP
    800-252-4555
  • Menergy
    215-242-2235
  • Men's Resource Center
    215-564-0488

Outside Agencies

Additional Links to off campus support resources.

The Victims Compensation Assistance Program (VCAP) is available to help victims of sexual assault who may not be able to afford or do not want their insurance billed for the cost of a forensic rape examination.   Students who seek services at the Philadelphia Sexual Assault Response Center (PSARC) or a qualifying medical clinician for a forensic rape examination may make a claim to VCAP.