Reporting Options | Title IX, Non-Discrimination and Equal Opportunity
How to Report an Incident
Individuals can report prohibited conduct to the Title IX Coordinator using the following contact information:
Michelle Walters, Title IX Coordinator
Phone: (724) 552-2923
Office Address: Performing Arts Center -G07 or Administration Annex (by appointment)
Additionally, in accordance with Pennsylvania law, Seton Hill has established an online reporting system to receive complaints of sexual harassment and sexual violence from students and employees, and the system has the option of reporting anonymously. If you are a Seton Hill student or employee and would like to submit an online report, click on the following link, and if prompted, sign in with your Seton Hill email address: MySHU Title IX Page. Signing in with your Seton Hill account is necessary to access the page but will not reveal your identity if you choose to submit a report anonymously.
Parties sometimes request confidentiality, or that no investigation or disciplinary action be pursued. In such cases, the Title IX Coordinator will inform the person that honoring the request may limit Seton Hill’s ability to respond fully and that this Policy and the law prohibit retaliation. If the person still requests confidentiality, or that no investigation or disciplinary action be pursued, the Title IX Coordinator will determine whether or not Seton Hill can honor such a request while still providing a safe and nondiscriminatory environment.
Seton Hill will respect the privacy of participants involved in this process by sharing information only with those who need to know the information, including information related to Supportive Measures. The privacy of student information is protected by Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (“FERPA”), and this Policy and process should be interpreted consistent with FERPA. Official records regarding complaints filed under this Policy will be securely and confidentially maintained by the Title IX Coordinator and only shared in accordance with this policy.
Title IX Sexual Harassment Formal Complaints
Where a Formal Title IX Sexual Harassment Complaint is filed, during the process, names and evidence will be shared with the Parties, with some exceptions for privileged information, such as documents protected by medical and attorney-client privilege. While Seton Hill encourages participants in the Formal Title IX Sexual Harassment Complaint process to consider privacy and confidentiality, Seton Hill does not restrict Parties from discussing the case or gathering evidence. With respect to the evidence that the University provides to the Parties and their advisors, Parties and their advisors may not photograph, disseminate or otherwise copy the evidence provided by SHU for their inspection and review. The exercise of rights protected under the First Amendment does not constitute retaliation. However, threatening to publicize or make evidence or a written determination public for the purpose of retaliation is strictly prohibited.
Reports will trigger response duties, including outreach and offering of Supportive Measures. Supportive Measures are non-punitive, non-disciplinary, individualized services and measures provided without charge that may include (but are not limited to) separating the Parties, placing limitations on contact between the Parties, or providing alternative workplace, housing, co-curricular, extracurricular or academic arrangements where reasonable and feasible. Supportive Measures are designed to restore equal access without unreasonably burdening the other Party and are available regardless of whether a Formal Title IX Sexual Harassment Complaint is filed. Failure to comply with the terms of Supportive Measures may be considered a separate violation of the Title IX Sexual Harassment Policy.