Reporting an Incident



          Any person on or off campus can make a report to the individuals listed below by email, phone, mail or in person. Any person who is a victim of sexual misconduct that occurs on the main campus in Edinboro, Pennsylvania, or Porreco College of Edinboro University in Erie, Pennsylvania, is encouraged to report the incident to the University Police Department. Anyone who has made a report or who otherwise believes that s/he has been subjected to sex discrimination and sexual misconduct is invited to provide the Social Equity Director/Title IX Coordinator with any recommendations regarding ways to improve the effectiveness of the campus’ implementation of its policies and procedures on these matters.

          Electronic Complaint Form

          To Report Sexual Misconduct or related offenses

          NameLocationContact

          Ronald A. Wilson, J.D.
          Director of Social Equity and Title IX Coordinator

          Office of Social Equity
          Reeder Hall, 3rd Floor

          (814) 732-1259
          equalopportunity@edinboro.edu

          Michelle Ritzel
          Director of Campus Life & Leadership Development

          Office of Student Affairs
          Pogue Student Center, Room 213

          (814) 732-1457
          mritzel@edinboro.edu

          Angela Vincent
          Chief of Police

          University Police Department
          911 Scotland Road

          (814) 732-2921
          Emergency (814) 732-2911
          vincent@edinboro.edu

          Any Campus Police Officer

          University Police Department
          911 Scotland Road

          (814) 732-2921
          Emergency (814) 732-2911

          Beth Zewe
          University Ombudsperson

          Reeder Hall, 3rd Floor
          219 Meadville Street

          (814) 732-1420
          zewe@edinboro.edu

          Dr. Victoria Sanders*
          State System Title IX Coordinator

          (717) 720-4061
          vsanders@passhe.edu

          *Should be contacted if the report of sex discrimination and sexual misconduct is regarding any member of the Executive Leadership Team (i.e., President, Provost, and Vice Presidents).

          Confidentiality and Privacy of Report Information

          In cases involving sexual misconduct, EU will make every effort to maintain confidentiality and privacy of the information it receives in a report; the victim/complainant will be informed if EU cannot ensure confidentiality. Private information should be disclosed only to individuals responsible for handling EU’s response, and information should be securely maintained.  (Definitions of confidentiality and privacy are contained in the University’s Sex Discrimination and Sexual Misconduct Policy Handbook within the University Policy Manual, Appendix A, Glossary of Terms.)

          Where a student victim requests confidentiality, i.e., that his/her identity be withheld:

          1. The Social Equity Director/Title IX Coordinator is responsible for determining whether the University can honor a request to withhold the victim’s identity while still providing a safe and nondiscriminatory environment for all students.
          2. Factors considered include the existence of other complaints about the accused or the location or group involved, use of a weapon, threats of further acts and no means of obtaining other evidence, such as though security cameras or physical evidence.
          3. The student must be informed that EU’s ability to respond may be limited but that retaliation is limited.
          4. If compliance with the student victim’s request to withhold his/her identity is possible, EU must take all reasonable steps to respond consistent with confidentiality, such as increased security in specific locations, climate surveys, publicizing policies on sexual misconduct and providing support services as available.
          5. If EU must disclose the student victim’s identity, the student should be informed in advance and interim measures taken to protect the student’s safety.

          Resolution and Time Frames

          Mediation, even on a voluntary basis, is not an option for resolving complaints of sexual violence.

          EU seeks to resolve all reports of sex discrimination and sexual misconduct when sixty (60) days. All time frames expressed in this policy are meant to be guidelines rather than rigid requirements. Circumstances may arise that require the extension of time frames, including extension beyond sixty (60) days. Such circumstances may include the complexity of the allegations, the number of witnesses involved, the availability of the parties or witnesses, the effect of a concurrent criminal investigation, any intervening school break or vacation or other unforeseen circumstances.

          In general, a complainant/accuser and respondent/accused can expect that the process will proceed according to the time frames provided in this policy handbook. In the event that the investigation and resolution exceed the time frame, EU will notify all parties of the reason for the delay and the expected adjustment in the time frames. Best efforts will be made to complete the process in a timely manner by balancing principles of thoroughness and fundamental fairness with promptness.