Inappropriate behavior/harassment

The College of Medicine is committed to upholding the Penn State policy of providing a responsive environment free of intolerance, discrimination, harassment, and coercion. Included in unacceptable behavior is sexual harassment, which is covered under policy AD-41. It is defined as unwelcome sexual advances requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature when submission to such conduct:

  • is a condition for grades, academic status, promotion, or employment
  • is used as a basis for academic/employment decisions affecting an individual
  • interferes unreasonably with the individual’s academic/work performance or creates an offensive, hostile, or intimidating learning/working environment.

Any member of the College of Medicine Community who experiences sexual harassment or inappropriate behavior that interferes with the learning environment should contact one of the following individuals at this campus for confidential assistance:

Students may also contact the Affirmative Action Office at University Park at 814-863-0471.

The resource person does not pressure students into decisions about handling the encounters – they provide support and empower students with information about choices for handling the situation and provide protection against retaliation. An appropriate warning, sometimes in the form of a letter, often terminates the problem without the need to file formal charges with the Affirmative Action Office. The resource person provides assistance if the student decides to file a formal charge with the Affirmative Action Office.