What Happens If I Report Mistreatment?

Please be assured that you can report mistreatment anonymously, or you can choose to identify yourself. All reports will be treated with confidence.

If you have any concerns about the possible repercussions of reporting mistreatment, please contact Dr. George Blackall at 717-531-6148 or gblackall@pennstatehealth.psu.edu.

See a printable flowchart of what happens when mistreatment occurs.

When A Mistreatment Event Occurs

When a mistreatment event occurs, you have multiple reporting options.

All reports are then reviewed by the Office for a Respectful Learning Environment.

If Sexual Harassment Has Occurred

Once a report is reviewed, if sexual harassment has occurred, the report is sent to Kim Lantz-Yoder, who follows Title IX guidelines for reporting and resolution.

If Sexual Harassment Has Not Occurred

If sexual harassment has not occurred, the incident will be investigated by the Office for a Respectful Learning Environment.

If the incident is deemed without actionable merit, the case is closed.

If the incident warrants intervention, the Office will follow the Stanford Mistreatment Response Pyramid.

About the Stanford Mistreatment Response Pyramid

The Stanford Mistreatment Response Pyramid classifies mistreatment issues into four levels of action, based on the number of reports received about mistreatment by the same person:

  • Level 1: Based on a single mistreatment incident; handled with discussion and feedback intervention.
  • Level 2: Second mistreatment incident; handled with an Individual Action Plan intervention with follow-up. Egregious issues may be escalated to a higher level.
  • Level 3: For more than three mistreatment incidents; handled with a supervisor involvement intervention.
  • Level 4: For severe incidents; handled with disciplinary intervention.

When egregious issues take place, even as a first violation, they may be escalated to a higher level.

When mandated-reporting issues occur, mandated reporting supersedes all other levels.

When no mistreatment is identified, student coaching takes place.

See the Stanford Mistreatment Response Pyramid here.