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Sexual Harassment Policy and Resources

Sexual misconduct, including sexual harassment and sexual assault, has no place at Villanova University or in the Philosophy Department. On the one hand, we want to prevent any kind of sexual misconduct within our department, in our courses, or in our relationships with each other. At the same time, it is equally important that all of us are familiar with the various policies and resources regarding sexual misconduct so that we can assist and support students who may come to us with concerns. 

·       Professor Sally Scholz is the philosophy department sexual harassment and sexual misconduct resource person.  She is familiar with University policies and resources and can advise and counsel those who have questions or concerns.

·       Ms. Kathy Byrnes, Associate Vice President for Student Life, is the University Sexual Harassment Officer and is available to provide sensitive and professional handling of questions and complaints.  Full disclosure:  she is also married to Acting Department Chair, John Immerwahr.

Please do not hesitate to contact either of these individuals or the department chair if you have any issues or concerns about sexual misconduct.  Below you will find a number of links to helpful resources. 

Villanova Website for Sexual Misconduct Issues (including sexual assault, sexual exploitation and sexual harassment)

Villanova Policy on Sexual and Romantic Relations between Faculty, Students and Staff

Villanova Website on Harassment (Other than Sexual Harassment)

Villanova Resource for Students regarding Sexual Assault

Villanova Office of Health Promotions  resources on many other student issues.

EthicsPoint a tool designed to provide a confidential Internet and telephone based reporting tool to give University faculty, staff and students an anonymous and confidential way to address misconduct in the workplace or classroom setting due to mismanagement of funds, fraud, or other violations of law or University policy.

The American Philosophical Association statement on Sexual Harassment, approved by its board in 2013, including best practices for departments.

Update:  September 15, 2014