Sexual Misconduct Policy

Policy Statement

The University of the Sciences (the “University”) 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 students and employees can report prohibited conduct to the University confidentially and what resources are available both on and off campus to aid them, including employees’ and student’ rights to notify local law enforcement and their right to also decline to notify such authorities. 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 conduct are assessed, investigated and resolved.

Violations of this policy may result in the imposition of sanctions up to, and including, termination, dismissal, or expulsion, as determined by the appropriate officials at the University.

Retaliation against an individual for raising an allegation of sexual or gender-based harassment, for cooperating in an investigation of such a complaint, or for opposing discriminatory practices is prohibited. Submitting a complaint that is not in good faith or providing false or misleading information in any investigation of complaints is also prohibited.

Nothing in this policy shall be construed to abridge academic freedom and inquiry, principles of free speech, or the University’s educational mission.

Policy Purpose

The University is devoted to fostering a climate of respect and security on campus as it relates to preventing, educating and responding to acts of prohibited conduct and adhering to Clery, Title IX, and VAWA regulations. This policy serves to demonstrate the University’s commitment to:

  • Disseminating clear policies, procedures, and processes for responding to prohibited conduct reported to the University;
  • Delivering prevention, education and awareness programs, as well as ongoing training and public-service campaigns, so that students and employees may identify what behavior constitutes prohibited conduct; understand how to report such misconduct; recognize warning signs of potentially abusive behavior and ways to reduce risks; and learn about safe and positive options for bystander intervention that may be carried out by an individual to prevent harm or intervene when there is a risk of prohibited conduct against a person;
  •  Engaging in investigative inquiry and resolution of reports that are adequate, reliable, impartial, prompt, fair and equitable;
  • Supporting complainants and respondents equally and holding persons accountable for established violations of this policy; and
  • Providing a written explanation of the rights and options available to every student or employee, whether they be a complainant or respondent.

Jurisdiction

This policy applies to sexual or gender-based harassment that is committed by sudents, faculty, staff, University appointees, or third parties, whenever the misconduct occurs:

  • On University of the Sciences property; or
  • Off University of the Sciences property, if:
    • the conduct was in connection with a University or University-recognized program or activity; or
    • the conduct may have the effect of creating a hostile environment for a member of the University community.

Monitoring and Confidentiality

A number of resources are available at the University and in the area to assist those who have experienced gender-based or sexual harassment, including sexual violence.

Individuals considering making a disclosure to the University and/or individuals offering University resources should make sure they have informed expectations pertaining to privacy and confidentiality. The University is committed to providing as much assistance as possible and is committed to helping individuals make informed decisions with respect to disclosures.

It is important to understand that, while the University will treat information it has received with appropriate sensitivity, University personnel may nonetheless need to share certain information with those at the University responsible for stopping or preventing sexual or gender-based harassment. For example, University officers, other than those who are prohibited from reporting because of a legal confidentiality obligation or prohibition against reporting, must promptly notify the appropriate University entity about possible sexual or gender-based harassment, regardless of whether a complaint is filed. Such reporting is necessary for various reasons, including to ensure that persons possibly subjected to such conduct receive appropriate services and information; that the University can track incidents and identify patterns; and that, where appropriate, the University can take steps to protect the University community. This reporting by University officers will not necessarily result in a complaint; rather, the University or Title IX Coordinator, in consultation with the the appropriate University department or entity, will assess the information and determine what action, if any, will be taken. Information will be disclosed in this manner only to those at the University who, in the judgment of the Title IX Coordinator, have a need to know.

Should individuals desire to discuss an incident or other information only with persons who are subject to a legal confidentiality obligation or prohibition against reporting, they should ask University officers for information about such resources, which are available both at the University and elsewhere. University officers are available to discuss these other resources and to assist individuals in making an informed decision.

Definitions

A list of key term definitions.

Resources

Title IX Team Contact Information

Jessica Rickmond, Title IX Coordinator
j.rickmond@usciences.edu
215-596-8844
Office Location: Wilson Hall

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

Michael Janes, Deputy Title IX Coordinator - Faculty/Staff
m.janes@usciences.edu
215-596-8697
Office Location: 4100 Chester Ave., 3rd floor

Joseph Kalin, Title IX Investigator
j.kalin@usciences.edu
215-596-7041
Office Location: Alumni Hall

Anonymous Reporting

The University of the Sciences provides anonymous reporting for all students, faculty, and staff via Ethics Point®.  This is a third-party managed compliance reporting system which provides a way for individuals to anonymously and confidentially report activities involving misconduct, violations of regulations or policies, or otherwise inappropriate, unethical, and/or illegal activities.

Reports may be filed online at https://secure.ethicspoint.com/domain/media/en/gui/18902/index.html (link also available at the bottom of usciences.edu webpages labeled as “EthicsPoint”).

For phone reporting, the toll-free reporting number for Ethics Point® is 888-266-0218.

Additional Campus Resources

On Campus Resources List

Emergency Assistance (24/7/365)

Public Safety  215-596-7000

Confidential Medical/Mental Health Assistance

Student Health  215.596.8980

Counseling  215-596-8536

Student Support

Dean of Students  215-596-8950

Student Life  215-596-8756

Office of Student Conduct  215-596-7473

Employee Support

Human Resources
Michael Janes  215-596-7533
Marcia Conrad  215-596-7533

Off-Campus Resources List

Emergency (24/7/365)

911

24-Hour Hotline/Organizations

Woman Organized Against Rape  215-985-3333

Women Against Abuse  866-723-3014

Menergy  215-242-2235

Men’s Resource Center  215-564-0488

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

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.

Complete University Title IX, Sexual Misconduct & Harassment Policy and Procedures

The complete University Title IX, Sexual Misconduct & Harassment Process and Procedures.

Outside Agencies

U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights (OCR)

U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)

Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission (PHRC)