Reporting

Emergencies: 911/Police (University Police 570-389-2211 or Town Police 570-784-4155
Sexual Misconduct Assistance Tips


During business hours:

Title IX Coordinator: Jennifer Raup, 570-389-4808, jraup@bloomu.edu or titleixcoord@bloomu.edu. The Title IX Coordinator can provide students, faculty, and staff a comprehensive review of all rights, options, accommodations, and resources available. Individuals may choose a combination or variety of options that best fit their needs. Or students may also receive the same information and services at the Office of the Dean of Students or the Women’s Resource Center.

Office of the Dean of Students (student cases only)
Kehr Union Building, Room 101; 570-389-4734

Women’s Resource Center (campus) (student cases only)
Schuylkill Hall; 570-389-5283

University or Local Police: Individuals who want to initiate a criminal investigation by the police and seek to press criminal charges against a respondent, should contact the University Police (570-389-2211), dial 911, or contact the police in the area where the incident took place. Criminal charges can be filed against any individual, including non-Bloomsburg University members. Criminal charges are entirely separate from violations of the Student Code of Conduct, which only applies to Bloomsburg University students. Filing a formal report with the police is necessary when a victim would like to initiate a criminal investigation by the police. Anyone who has been sexually assaulted may choose to pursue both criminal prosecution and the university disciplinary/judicial processes. If the incident occurred off-campus, the University Police can assist the victim in filing the complaint in the appropriate jurisdiction.

Reporting Options

Report Form (pdf): Faculty, staff, and students may also elect to simply complete a “Report Form” and submit the form to the Title IX Coordinator via email, in person, campus mail, or US Postal Service.

Anonymous Report: The University strongly encourages reporters to identify themselves by name to ensure that victims are provided with access to all available resources and to better ensure the safety of the campus community. However, to encourage all reporting, anonymous reports will be accepted from anyone with knowledge of a sexual misconduct violation. The University’s ability to respond to an anonymous report may be limited depending on the extent of information available about the incident or the individuals involved.

To file an anonymous report, visit the link above. Contact the University Title IX Coordinator 570-389-4808 for assistance.

 

After hours:

Emergencies: 911/Police (University Police 570-389-2211 or Town Police 570-784-4155

Women’s Center Inc., Victim Advocates (town of Bloomsburg): 24/7 staff, 1-800-544-8293

Mental Health: TAP Line 1-800-222-9016

Office of Civil Rights U.S. Department of Education
(Location: Philadelphia Office, Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education, The Wanamaker Building, 100 Penn Square East, Suite 515, Philadelphia, PA 19107-3323, Telephone: 215-656-8541, FAX: 215-656-8605; TDD: 800-877-8339, Email: OCR.Philadelphia@ed.gov)

OCR enforces several Federal civil rights laws that prohibit discrimination in programs or activities that receive Federal funds from the Department of Education. These laws prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, color, and national origin, sex, disability, and on the basis of age. These laws extend to all state education agencies, elementary and secondary school systems, colleges and universities, vocational schools, proprietary schools, state vocational rehabilitation agencies, libraries, and museums that receive U.S. Department of Education funds. OCR also has responsibilities under Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (prohibiting disability discrimination by public entities, whether or not they receive federal financial assistance).

Equal Employment Opportunities Commission (EEOC)
(Location: 801 Market Street, Suite 1300, Philadelphia, PA 19107-3127, Phone: For general inquiries or to begin the process of filing a complaint of discrimination, please call 1-800-669-4000. If you have existing business with the Philadelphia District Office or know the name of the person you are trying to reach, please call 1-866-408-8075, Fax: 215-440-2606, TTY: 1-800-669-6820)

The Philadelphia District Office is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Walk-in hours for filing a charge are Monday-Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

If you live outside Philadelphia and surrounding vicinities (20-25 mile radius) or a disability prevents you from coming in person, please mail your Intake Questionnaire to our office.

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission enforces Federal laws prohibiting employment discrimination. These laws protect against employment discrimination when it involves: Unfair treatment because of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), national origin, age (40 or older), disability or genetic information; harassment by managers, co-workers, or others in the workplace, because of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), national origin, age (40 or older), disability or genetic information; denial of a reasonable workplace accommodation needed because of religious beliefs or disability; retaliation because of complaints about job discrimination, or assist with a job discrimination investigation or lawsuit. If you believe that you have been discriminated against at work, you can file a "Charge of Discrimination." Not all employers are covered by the laws PHRC enforces, and not all employees are protected. This can vary depending on the type of employer, the number of employees it has, and the type of discrimination alleged. Also, there are strict time limits for filing a charge that complainants should be aware of.

Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission (PHRC)
(Location: 333 Market St., 8th Floor Harrisburg, PA 17101-2210, Phone: 717-787-9780, 717-787-7279 (TTY users only) Office Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. M-F phrc@pa.gov)

The Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission, or PHRC, enforces state laws that prohibit discrimination: the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act, which covers discrimination in employment, housing, commercial property, education and public accommodations; and the Pennsylvania Fair Educational Opportunities Act, which is specific to postsecondary education and secondary vocational and trade schools. In general, PA law prohibits discrimination based on race; color; religious creed; ancestry; age (40 and over); sex; national origin; familial status (only in housing); handicap or disability and the use, handling or training of support or guide animals for disability. Retaliation for filing a complaint, opposing unlawful behavior or assisting investigations is also illegal. PHRC investigates employment discrimination complaints on behalf of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, or EEOC. These partnerships protect the rights of complainants under both state and federal law.

Seeking Medical Care and/or Undergoing a Forensic Examination

Medical Care and Preserving Evidence

An individual who has been impacted by sexual violence is urged to seek medical care as soon as possible. Even if a complainant doesn’t want to report the assault, medical attention is highly recommended to check for injuries, sexually transmitted infections, or pregnancy.

Complainants of sexual assault are strongly encouraged to undergo a forensic examination within 72 hours by a trained professional. Forensic examinations are not available at the Student Health Center (SHC) and require police involvement. Complainants should use a local hospital such as Geisinger-Bloomsburg Hospital located in Bloomsburg or at the Geisinger Medical Center located in Danville for comprehensive medical care and a forensic examination after an assault. The Student Health Center and/or University Police will assist with transportation to the hospital if needed. In cases requiring urgent care, contact local emergency services by calling 911.

In addition to receiving proper medical attention, consider the following:

  • Time is a factor in the collection of evidence. Post-assault forensic evidence (commonly referred to as a “rape kit”) is best collected as soon as possible or within 72 hours after the assault. Complainants should go to the hospital as soon as possible after the assault.
  • A Victim Advocate from the Bloomsburg Town Women’s Center Inc. or a University Resource Advocate for Sexual Misconduct/Title IX can accompany the complainant to the hospital to provide support and answer questions on what to expect. To obtain an advocate, call 1-800-544-8293 for a town Women’s Center Advocate or 570-336-4994 for a University Resource Advocate. The Hospital Emergency room will contact an advocate, if desired.
  • Complainants should not bathe or douche as this will destroy evidence that supports a legal case against the respondent.
  • The hospital/police will keep the clothes worn during the assault as evidence. Complainants should bring a change of clothes to the hospital, or take the clothes they were wearing during the assault in a brown paper bag to the hospital.

The Student Health Center will provide prompt medical and psychological support for all complainants of sexual assault. The SHC will initiate and coordinate care between other Bloomsburg University departments and area hospital emergency departments for follow-up care. The Student Health Center is located next to the Husky Lounge in Kehr Union Building and is open Monday through Friday, from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm, during fall and spring semesters. Contact SHC by calling 570-389-4451.

The complainant may also receive care at Columbia Montour Family Health located in Bloomsburg (see Resources Section), Planned Parenthood in Wilkes Barre, or from a private physician or gynecologist.