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Title IX Coordinator

Krista Bailey Murphy, Dean of Student Life

Confidential Campus Support

Professional, licensed counselors and pastoral counselors who provide mental-health counseling to members of the school community (and including those who act in that role under the supervision of a licensed counselor) and nurses in the Health Center are not required to report any information about an incident to the Title IX coordinator without a complainant’s permission.

Sheila Kennedy, Director of the Counseling Center

Deirdre Horan, Director of the Health Services Center

Sandy Bumgardner, Psychologist

Lisa Johnson, Counselor 

Non-Professional Counselors and Advocates

Individuals who work in Campus Ministry can generally talk to a complainant without revealing any personally identifying information about an incident to the College. A complainant can seek assistance and support from these individuals without triggering a College investigation that could reveal the complainant’s identity or that the complainant has disclosed the incident.  While maintaining a complainant’s confidentiality, these individuals or their office should report the nature, date, time, and general location of an incident to the Title IX Coordinator. This limited report – which includes no information that would directly or indirectly identify the complainant – helps keep the Title IX Coordinator informed of the general extent and nature of sexual violence on and off campus so the coordinator can track patterns, evaluate the scope of the problem, and formulate appropriate campus-wide responses. Before reporting any information to the Title IX Coordinator, these individuals will consult with the complainant to ensure that no personally identifying details are shared with the Title IX Coordinator. The Title IX Coordinator will report this information to the Director of Security for inclusion in the Daily Crime Log and Annual Campus Crime Statistics.

Jaclyn Newns, Director of Campus Ministry 

A complainant who speaks to a professional or non-professional counselor or advocate must understand that, if the complainant wants to maintain confidentiality, the College may be unable to conduct an investigation into the particular incident or pursue disciplinary action against therespondent. Even so, these counselors and advocates will still assist the complainant in receiving other necessary protection and support, such as victim advocacy, academic support or accommodations, disability, health or mental health services, and changes to living, working or course schedules. A complainant who at first requests confidentiality may later decide to file a complaint with the school or report the incident to local law enforcement, and thus have the incident fully investigated.  

Responsible Employees

Unless specifically listed above, all other College employees are considered responsible employees.  A responsible employee is a College employee who has the authority to redress sexual violence, who has the duty to report incidents of sexual violence or other misconduct, or who is an individual who is reasonably believed to have this authority.  Resident Assistants and Resident Coordinators are also considered responsible employees.

When a complainant tells a responsible employee about an incident of sexual violence, the complainant has the right to expect the College to take immediate and appropriate steps to investigate what happened and to resolve the matter promptly and equitably. A responsible employee must report to the Title IX coordinator all relevant details about the  incident shared by the complainant so that the College can determine what happened – including the names of the complainant and  respondent(s), any witnesses, and any other relevant facts, including the date, time and specific location of the alleged incident.

To the extent possible, information reported to a responsible employee will be shared only with people responsible for handling the College’s response to the report. A responsible employee should not share information with law enforcement without the complainant’s consent or unless the complainant has also reported the incident to law enforcement.  Before a complainant reveals any information to a responsible employee, the employee should ensure that the complainant understands the employee’s reporting obligations – and, if the complainant wants to maintain confidentiality, direct the complainant to confidential resources.

If the complainant wants to tell the responsible employee what happened but also maintain confidentiality, the employee should tell the complainant that the College will consider the request, but cannot guarantee that the College will be able to honor it. In reporting the details of the incident to the Title IX Coordinator, the responsible employee will also inform the Coordinator of the complainant’s request for confidentiality.

Responsible employees will not pressure a complainant to request confidentiality, but will honor and support the complainant’s wishes, including that the College investigate an incident fully. By the same token, responsible employees will not pressure a complainant to make a full report if the complainant is not ready to do so. 

Medical Care for Sexual Assault (External Resourse)

Philadelphia Sexual Assault Response Center (PSARC) 

300 E. Hunting Park Avenue Philadelphia, PA 19124 (215-685-325)

Hotline: (215-425-1625)

24 Hour Hotlines (External Resourse)

Women Organized Against Rape (215-985-3333)

National Sexual Assault Hotline: (800-656-4673)

Philadelphia Domestic Violence Hotline: (866-723-3014)

Sexual Harassment (External Resourse)

Women’s Law Project (215-928-9801 x5760)

Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations (215-686-4670)

Prosecution (External Resourse)

Special Victims Unit (215-685-3251)

Police Sex Crimes Unit (215-685-1180/81/82)

Rape Prosecution Unit (215-686-8083)

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