Sexual Harassment & Sexual Misconduct

The University of Scranton prohibits conduct that falls under the definitions outlined in the Sexual Harassment and Sexual Misconduct Policy, and as governed by Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972 . This page provides links to related policies, procedures, complaint reporting options and resources available to the University community.

What is Title IX?

The University of Scranton is committed to a safe working, learning and living environment which is free from all forms of discrimination, harassment and sexual misconduct. Title IX is a Federal law that states, 

"No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance." 

Title IX prohibits a university from discriminating on the basis of sex in admissions, recruitment, financial aid, academic programs student treatment and services, counseling and guidance, discipline, classroom assignment, grading, vocational, education, recreation, physical education, athletics, housing and employment. Sexual harassment is also a form of gender discrimination.

Sexual Harassment and Sexual Misconduct Policy

The Sexual Harassment and Sexual Misconduct Policy is the University’s policy to ensure that it is in compliance with Title IX and to provide the University community with a process in reporting, resolving and, if appropriate, redressing instances of discrimination or harassment based on sex.  The University is committed to creating an accessible and inclusive environment for all students, faculty and staff. The University has a comprehensive policy addressing reporting, resources, support, process, etc.

SEXUAL HARASSMENT & SEXUAL MISCONDUCT POLICY

Title IX Coordinators

The University of Scranton Title IX Coordinator is Elizabeth M. Garcia, JD, Executive Director of the Office of Equity and Diversity who is responsible for oversight and implementation of the Sexual Harassment Policy and process.

Title IX Coordinator
Elizabeth M. Garcia, JD
Title IX Coordinator and Executive Director
The University of Scranton
Office of Equity and Diversity
Institute of Molecular Biology & Medicine, Suite 315
Scranton, Pennsylvania 18510
Phone: (570) 941-6645
E-mail: elizaberh.garcia2@scranton.edu
Web: www.scranton.edu/diversity
Deputy Title IX Coordinator
Christine M. Black, JD
Deputy Title IX Coordinator and Assistant Director
The University of Scranton
Office of Equity and Diversity
Institute of Molecular Biology & Medicine, Suite 315
Scranton, Pennsylvania 18510
Phone: (570) 941-6645
E-mail: christine.black@scranton.edu
Web: www.scranton.edu/diversity
Deputy Title IX Coordinator - STUDENTS
Lauren Rivera, JD, M.Ed.
Asst Vice President for Student Life, Dean of Students
The University of Scranton
The Patrick & Margaret DeNaples Center, Suite 201
Scranton, Pennsylvania 18510
Phone: (570)941-7680
E-mail: lauren.rivera@scranton.edu  
Website: www.scranton.edu/dos
Deputy Title IX Coordinator - EMPLOYEES
Patricia L. Tetreault, SHRM-SCP, SPHR
Vice President for Human Resources
The University of Scranton
St. Thomas Hall, Suite 100
Scranton, PA 18510
(570)941-7767
Email: patricia.tetreault@scranton.edu
Website: www.scranton.edu/hr

University Officials

The 2020 Title IX Regulations provide that notice of possible sexual harassment or sexual misconduct to “officials” of the University triggers the University’s obligation to respond to the allegations.  The University has identified the following positions which meet this definition of “official” under the new regulations:
President Vice President of Student Life Dean of Students
Provost Academic Deans Chief of Police
Vice President of Human Resources Human Resource Manager Director of Athletics
Title IX Coordinator/Deputy TIX Coordinators
Director of Student Conduct and Assessment
Assistant Director of Student Conduct

As a Catholic, Jesuit institution of higher learning, The University of Scranton is committed to providing care and support for individuals who have experienced sexual harassment or sexual misconduct while remaining mindful of the safety and well-being of the larger University community. Sexual misconduct includes sexual assault, sexual exploitation, intimate partner violence and stalking. Federal laws (i.e., Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972) require the University to take immediate and appropriate steps upon becoming aware of reports of sexual harassment or sexual misconduct. The University will make every reasonable effort to preserve an individual’s privacy in light of this responsibility.

Individuals who witness or experience sexual harassment or sexual misconduct should report incidents as soon as possible.  The University provides students with several reporting options:

Report to the University

Filing a report with the University may not obligate a reporter to open or participate in a formal investigation.  Reporting to the University allows the University to provide any available interim protective measures, resources and support to students, faculty and staff. 

The University provides individuals the ability to anonymously report incidents of sexual harassment or sexual misconduct.
  • Incident Reporting Form: https://scranton.i-sight.com/external-capture
    • Note: Reporting individuals may use this link to file reports anonymously. Reports made here are received by Title IX Coordinator in the Office of Equity and Diversity.  All anonymous reports will be reviewed and processed per the University's policy; however, anonymous reports may hamper the Title IX Coordinator's ability to respond per policies.

Report to the Police

Sexual assault and other forms of sexual misconduct are not only University policy violations but may also involve crimes.  You are encouraged, but not required, to report these crimes to the police.  

  • Silent Witness Reporting Form: http://forms.scranton.edu/silent-witness-form/
    • Note: Reporting individuals may use this link to file reports anonymously. Reports made here are received by the University Police Department. UPD will then forward the information to the Office of Equity and Diversity if the incident falls under the University’s Sexual Harassment and Sexual Misconduct Policy.
  • University Police Phone:570.941.7777
  • City of Scranton Police  Phone: 911 for an emergency, or 570.348.4134

Report to the Title IX Coordinator 

University Title IX Coordinator:
Elizabeth M. Garcia, JD
Executive Director
Office of Equity and Diversity
Phone: (570) 941-6645
E-mail: elizaberh.garcia2@scranton.edu
Deputy Title IX  Coordinator
Christine M. Black, JD
Assistant Director
Office of Equity and Diversity
Phone: (570) 941-6645
E-mail: christine.black@scranton.edu 
Deputy Title IX  Coordinator
Lauren Rivera, J.D., M.Ed. 
Assistant Vice President, Dean of Students
Division of Student  Life
Phone: 570-941-7680
Deputy Title IX Coordinator
Patricia L. Tetreault, SHRM-SCP, SPHR
Vice President for Human Resources
HumanResources
Phone: 570)941-7767

University policy provides that every employee (except those specifically identified as a “confidential” resource) who receives information of sexual harassment or sexual misconduct involving a student as a complainant, respondent or witness, is required to share all relevant details (obtained directly or indirectly) with the Title IX Coordinator.  Resident Assistants, Graduate Teaching Assistants, and Student Officers are also required reporters.

While students are encouraged to directly report information to the designated reporting options, the University recognizes that a student may choose to share information regarding sexual harassment and sexual misconduct with other employees of the University (e.g. a Resident Assistant, faculty member, or coach). The University is committed to ensuring that all reports are shared with the Title IX Coordinator for consistent application of the Sexual Harassment and Sexual Misconduct Policy to all individuals and to allow the University to respond promptly and equitably to eliminate the prohibited conduct, prevent its recurrence and address its effects.