A University Respondent Resource Coordinator is available to provide information on resources for students accused of sexual assault, sexual harassment, or other sexual misconduct. The Respondent Resource Coordinator will assist a Respondent with: obtaining emotional support through counseling; navigating the disciplinary process; and assisting with other questions and concerns. Members of the Respondent Resource Coordinator Team do not act as legal counsel and generally are unable to serve as Advisors in University disciplinary proceedings.
Respondents can contact the following for information on University’s procedures, rights and responsibilities of the Complainant and Respondent, prohibition on retaliation and for assistance in obtaining University resources:
Respondent Resource Coordinator Team (610) 519-8807 firstname.lastname@example.org
Title IX Coordinator, Ms. Ryan Rost (610) 519-8805 email@example.com
Dean of Students Office (610) 519-4200 firstname.lastname@example.org
Members of the Respondent Resource Coordinator Team are required to share reports of sexual misconduct with the Title IX Coordinator. Respondents are encouraged to utilize confidential counseling services at the University Counseling Center. Note that confidentiality will be maintained by a counselor or therapist under all circumstances except when there is an immediate threat of serious harm to a person. This means that, in almost all circumstances, these people are not required to report any information to anyone without permission. Appointments are available Monday – Friday during normal business hours and can be scheduled by calling (610) 519-4050 or in person on the 1st Floor of the Health Services Building. Priests acting in a pastoral capacity are also available as confidential resources.
If You Are A Respondent
Any member of the University community who is reported to have committed act(s) of sexual violence may be subject to disciplinary action and/or criminal charges. University disciplinary action may occur whether or not criminal charges are filed.
Complainants and Respondents are entitled to a fair, prompt, and equitable process. Students should contact the Dean of Students Office for detailed information regarding the disciplinary process for reports of sexual violence.
If a friend or someone you know is reported to have committed act(s) of sexual violence, it is likely that you have questions and may be struggling to understand what has happened. You may be experiencing a range of emotions such as helplessness, anger, confusion or betrayal. If your friend has told you that they have been reported to have committed act(s) of sexual violence, they may be turning to you for help and support. You may be unsure how to respond to your friend or the situation.
Here are a few ways you can help your friend through this experience: