If you believe you or anyone else is in immediate danger, call 911 or the University Police (814-863-1111) immediately.
If you have been subjected to sexual or gender-based harassment or misconduct, Penn State strongly encourages you to report your experience to the University and/or law enforcement. Penn State has designated a Title IX Coordinator who is specially trained to work with individuals who report sexual misconduct and provide information about resources, support services, and procedural options.
You can make a report at any time. However, you are encouraged to make a report as soon as possible after an incident. All reports are treated with the high level of seriousness and sensitivity they deserve. Retaliation against any person for making a report or participating in an investigation is strictly prohibited. If you decide not to make a report, or if you are unsure about reporting, you are still entitled to receive confidential and free emotional support and medical care through the University, as well as request changes to your academic, housing, transportation and working situations. Learn how you can get the assistance you need.
Report to the University
2. File a report in person with the Office for Sexual Misconduct Prevention & Response
Title IX Coordinator
222 Boucke Building
University Park, PA 16802
Phone: (814) 867-0099
To file a report at a campus, contact the Title IX resource person for your campus, which can be found on our Campus Resources page.
3. Make an anonymous report through the Penn State Hotline
Penn State Hotline
Available 24/7 at all campuses
Report to the Police
You have the right to file a report with the Police as well as the University. You can file a criminal complaint with the University Police Department or local law enforcement agency, depending on where the incident took place.
- For on-campus crimes contact University Police at 814-863-1111 or file a report online.
- For off-campus crimes contact the local municipality police department or call 911.
A note about confidentially
You may report an incident to any University employee. However, please note that, with the exception of confidential support providers, all Penn State employees are responsible employees and are obligated to pass along information they learn about incidents of sexual misconduct to the University’s Title IX Coordinator.
Title IX Coordinators are not a confidential source of support. While they will address your complaint with sensitivity and will not share any information related to your experience except on a need-to-know basis, absolute confidentiality cannot be guaranteed. A list of confidential support providers is available on the Get Help page.
The University’s Office of Sexual Misconduct Prevention and Response will respond to all reports of potential sexual or gender-based harassment or misconduct in a manner that is timely, supportive, and fair. It is important to note that these procedures provide individuals who have experienced an incident of sexual or gender-based harassment or misconduct with the ability to provide input and maintain a large degree of control over how their issue is handled at every point in the process.