Title IX: Sexual Harassment and Sexual Violence
ESU seeks to provide an environment where faculty, staff and students can work, educate, learn and grow free from sex-based discrimination. To that end, the University is committed to fostering a community that promotes prompt reporting of all types of sex-based discrimination. Assuring a safe campus environment is the responsibility of all the members of the University Community.
The University will take action to address acts of sex-based discrimination, harassment, or gender violence (collectively referred to as sexual misconduct) by educating the members of its community, identifying clear reporting requirements, investigating all alleged violations of policy, and as appropriate, disciplining members of the community found in violation.
Title IX and COVID-19
As with all teaching and instruction during this time, the Title IX Office operations will be done remotely. Anyone impacted by sexual assault, misconduct, or harassment is encouraged to contact the Title IX office immediately to make a report or to inquire about resources that remain available both on and off campus. The Title IX Office is available to provide information, guidance, support, and other resources to address concerns during normal business hours or by telephone or Zoom meetings. The Title IX Office has assembled a list of FAQs that provide you with status and contact information during this time.
- How can I report matters of concern?
Any individual may make a report concerning sexual misconduct. Individuals are encouraged to report incidents of sexual misconduct as soon as possible in order for the University to respond promptly and effectively. Individuals can report concerns to the University’s Title IX Coordinator via phone or email to Lonnie Allbaugh, Title IX Coordinator, email address email@example.com. You can also reach the Title IX Office at (570) 422-2277 or at TitleIXreport@esu.edu. Individuals also have the option to file a report electronically and/or anonymously on the this page.
Additionally, individuals have the right to be assisted by the University in notifying law enforcement authorities. Campus Police can be reached at (570) 422-3064 and our Counseling Services (CAPS) can be reached at (570) 422-3277 or esu.edu/counseling. CAPS faculty and staff are providing remote services and will return your call.
Further, for additional information, please contact the Lehigh Valley Hospital – Pocono at (570) 421-4000 or at (888) 402-5846 for an appointment. See also LVHN information regarding Covid-19.
- Will the Title IX office be working remotely?
Yes. Per guidance from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the State System of Higher Education, employees who are able to work remotely will be doing so for until further instruction. The Title IX Coordinator can be reached via phone and email at (570) 422-2277 or at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
- What will happen with Title IX matters that are currently under investigation? The Title IX Office will continue conducting investigations. However, for the immediate future, investigators will not conduct interviews in person but will continue investigating using available technology, including conducting interviews telephonically. The University remains committed to the prompt resolution of complaints. However, the timeline of the investigation may be delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Students will be notified in writing of any delays to the investigation process. Please remember to regularly check your university email.
- What will happen with Title IX hearings that are currently scheduled? The University will not be conducting in-person conduct hearings for the remainder of the semester. If hearings occur, they will be conducted using available technology, such as video conferencing. The University will coordinate with students to schedule hearings and provide instructions on how to use available technology. Decisions regarding the scheduling of hearings will consider the availability of participants, the ability to conduct online hearings, the ability to ensure due process for all parties, and the ability to provide sufficient privacy protections. If the party is not in the same location as his or her advisor, breaks will be scheduled to allow the party to consult with his or her advisor. The office of Student Conduct and Community Standards will coordinate such efforts and communication.
- What resources are available for students? The Title IX Office will continue to offer appropriate supportive and interim measures to students. The University’s ability to offer resources on campus or in person may be severely limited. The University will continue to assist students in identifying supportive resources in the community that they are located. Any existing no-contact orders remain in effect and continue to apply to in-person, online, text message, or other communications.
What is Title IX?
Title IX is a federal law that prohibits discrimination, harassment and violence on the basis of sex (including gender identity) in any federally funded education program or activity.
East Stroudsburg University is committed to complying with Title IX by maintaining a safe and healthy educational and work environment in which no member of the university community is, on the basis of sex, excluded from participation in, denied the benefits of, or subjected to discrimination in any university program or activity.
The University will take action to address acts of sex-based discrimination, harassment and violence by educating the members of its community, identifying clear reporting requirements, investigating all alleged violations of policy, and as appropriate, disciplining members of the community found in violation.