Contact Info
          Office of Social Equity
          Reeder Hall, Third Floor
          219 Meadville Street
          Edinboro, PA  16444
          Phone: (814) 732-2167
          Fax: (814) 732-2153
          Email: equalopportunity@edinboro.edu

          Ronald A. Wilson, J.D.
          Director of Social Equity and Title IX Coordinator
          Office: 306 Reeder Hall
          Phone: (814) 732-1259
          Email: rwilson@edinboro.edu

          Jordan McMillan
          Administrative Support
          Office: Reeder Hall, 304
          Phone: (814) 732-1250
          Email: jgass@edinboro.edu

          Rights of Sexual Violence Complainants



          Every complainant of sexual violence has the following rights:

          What should I do if I am the complainant of dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault and/or stalking?

          First, it is important to get to a safe place.

          Second, it’s important to preserve any and all physical evidence, such as the clothing worn at the time of the assault. Do not bathe or shower prior to reporting an assault to the police or to seeking medical attention. This is critical to any criminal investigation.

          Third, you have the option to report this crime. Even if you later decide you don’t want to proceed in a criminal or University judicial proceeding, prompt reporting and getting support is important.

          Should I seek medical attention?

          Yes. Medical attention is important for anyone who has experienced a physical or sexual assault. Call or go to the Ghering Health and Wellness Center, located in McNerney Hall. When you report a sexual or physical assault to a member of the medical staff, a medical professional will assess physical injuries, provide information on the prevention of pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections, and refer you to other campus or community sexual violence resources. Employees at the Ghering Health and Wellness Center may also coordinate temporary safe housing for students who do not feel safe returning to their place of residence. Ghering staff also will assist any complainant in obtaining needed counseling, mental health, complainant advocacy and other services.  

          For a list of on-campus and off-campus assault resources, see 24.4 Appendix D “Confidential and Other Sexual Violence Resources” of the University Sex Discrimination and Sexual Misconduct Policy Handbook.

          Where should I report such a crime?

          We encourage you to report to the University Police Department at (814) 732-2921 or the appropriate local law enforcement agency. Additionally, in an effort to assist complainants in reporting, additional University authorities have been identified who can also take reports of any such crime. Those authorities include the Vice President for Student Affairs/Dean of Student Life, the University Ombudsperson, and the Director of Residence Life and Judicial Affairs.

          What if I want to file a report with the police?

          The University Police Department can be contacted by calling (814) 732-2921 or Emergency (814) 732-2911. University Police Department officers investigate campus crimes, including sexual violence, within their scope of the law and jurisdiction. Crimes that occur off campus will be referred to the appropriate police agency.

          The University Police Department may also assist by contacting campus and community support personnel for immediate emotional assistance. When possible, specific requests for a female or male police officer will be honored. Further, if a complainant of any sexual crime notifies a University authority of the crime, that authority must tell the complainant that they have the absolute right to notify the police, and that University authority must help the complainant contact the police.

          Will the University enforce my protection or no-contact order?

          Yes. The University Police Department will honor all orders of protection and no-contact orders as issued by recognized criminal, civil, or tribal courts. Therefore, a copy of the order must be provided to University Police.

          What if I don’t want to report the incident to the police?

          An individual is not required to file a police report if she or he is a complainant of a sexual violence. But realize that whether an incident occurs on campus or off campus, many people at the University are genuinely concerned about your personal well-being. If you choose not to share information with a campus or community police agency, please consider reporting the incident to one of the University or community sexual violence resources. For a list of on-campus and off-campus assault resources, see 24.4 Appendix D “Confidential and Other Sexual Violence Resources” of the University Sex Discrimination and Sexual Misconduct Policy Handbook.

          What if I choose NOT to file a report with the police right away?

          Individuals who have experienced sexual violence are encouraged to preserve all physical evidence. Choosing not to immediately pursue criminal charges does not prohibit one from doing so in the future. Therefore, the collection of physical evidence is important for bringing a criminal case forward.

          What if I am a student and concerned with my living, academic, working or transportation situation as a result of the incident?

          When a sex offense is reported, the University will change the student complainant’s academic, working, transportation, and living situation if such changes are requested by the complainant, and the requested changes are reasonably available. Requests for changes to living and transportation should be made to the Vice President for Student Affairs. Requests for changes to academic and working situations should be made to the Social Equity Director/Title IX Coordinator.

          Will the University take disciplinary action?

          A student complainant who experiences a sexual assault and/or interpersonal violence may request that University disciplinary procedures be initiated against the accused student as a violation of the Student Code of Conduct and Judicial Procedures. These procedures are initiated through the Office of Student Judicial Affairs. Reports made to this office are NOT criminal charges. The filing of campus disciplinary charges does not prohibit criminal charges from moving forward through the criminal justice system. On-campus disciplinary hearings typically occur in a timely fashion. However, delays may occur depending on whether or not criminal charges have been filed. Interim (temporary) disciplinary actions can be imposed upon the accused student to keep him/her away from the complainant until the campus and/or criminal proceedings have formally resolved the matter. Possible disciplinary sanctions for sexual assault or interpersonal violence include, but are not limited to, removal from campus housing and suspension or expulsion from the University. Information concerning the final outcome of the campus disciplinary proceeding will be made available in writing to the complainant.

          Every student complainant of such a crime has the following additional rights:

          • The right to have allegations investigated and adjudicated by the Office of Student Judicial Affairs, which may include investigation and adjudication of an allegation of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, stalking or retaliation that might arise.
          • The right, upon request, to have reasonable steps taken by the Office for Student Judicial Affairs to prevent any unnecessary or unwanted contacted with the alleged assailants if both the complainant and the alleged perpetrator are students.
          • The same right as the accused to have an advisor, as a support person, present at any University disciplinary proceeding or any related meeting or proceeding. The advisor may be a friend, student, faculty, staff, administrator, attorney or family member. The advisor may consult and interact privately with the student complainant but does not speak for the student complainant.
          • The right to have only those questions relevant to the charges asked during the disciplinary investigation and hearing. The chairperson may exclude statements and questions concerning the prior sexual history of any party if deemed irrelevant.
          • The right to provide a student complainant’s impact statement verbally or in writing to the chairperson.
          • The right to be present and hear all testimony and evidence related to the disciplinary charges.
          • The right to be notified in writing, after a judicial proceeding, of the following:
            • The University’s procedures for the complainant to appeal the results of the disciplinary proceedings, which shall be the same as those of the accused. The complainant may also submit a statement to be considered in any appeal.
            • Any change to the results that occurs prior to the time that such results become final.
            • When such results become final.
            • The right to make a written request to not receive notification of the outcome.

          Several offices will assist complainants of crime on campus, including the Unversity Police Department, Ghering Health Wellness Center, Counseling and Psychological Services, the Office of Social Equality, the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs and the Office of Student Judicial Affairs. These offices will also provide information for off-campus referrals.