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Office of Student Conduct

Office of Student Conduct
120 Boucke Building
University Park, PA 16802
M-F 8:00am-5:00pm

Relationship violence, sexual assault and stalking are prohibited by Penn State's Code of Conduct. Student perpetrators of these specific behaviors, as well as others which fall into categories of sexual misconduct, harassment or abuse, will be held accountable by staff and/or designees of the Office of Student Conduct. The possible sanctions for these categories of behaviors ranges from disciplinary probation through expulsion. If you are a victim of these actions and the perpetrator is a Penn State student, seek assistance from this university resource.

The Office of Student Conduct assists in setting standards for student behavior that help maintain a safe university environment. If the suspect is a student, a victim can file a complaint against the alleged rapist through Student Conduct. Disciplinary action is taken with due process and can include separation of the assailant from the University and removal from University property. Penn State's Victim Resource Officer can accompany the victim to University disciplinary hearings in Student Conduct.

Administrative Directives for No Contact

The Office of Student Conduct also has the ability to issue an "Administrative Directive for No Contact." This university action prohibits a Penn State student from having contact with the person who requests the directive. It will also restrict the recipient from contacting a victim through a third party. At times a victim may feel that the most important thing is that a perpetrator not be allowed any communication with them and an administrative directive may be very effective in restricting contact.

Penn State Police Victim Resource Officer

Victim Resource Officer
Eisenhower Parking Deck
Room 30-C
University Park, PA 16802
M-F 8:00am-5:00pm

The Victim Services department of the Penn State University Police offers a Victim Resource Officer to any student, employee or visitor who has been the victim of, or witness to a crime. Contact the Victim Resource Officer to make an appointment for support, information and referrals for medical, emotional and legal services. The advocate can help victims gain access to University resources as well as help them understand legal and court procedures, and accompany them to all proceedings.

Off-Campus Incidents

District Attorney
404 Centre County Courthouse
Bellefonte, PA 16823
M-F 8:30am-5:00pm
or by appointment

The District Attorney's Office presents the state's case against accused rapists and others suspected of committing crimes. The district attorney (DA) evaluates the evidence and decides on the possibility of successful prosecution.

The county's Victim/Witness Advocate, located in the DA's office, acts to ensure that the victim's rights to information and restitution under the law are met. The advocate will also accompany a victim to court.

Student Legal Services

Office of Student Legal Services
120 Boucke Bl.
M-F 8:30am-5:00pm

The Office of Student Legal Services (SLS) provides legal counsel, advice, representation, and referral services to Penn State University students at the University Park campus. Legal consultation is available by appointment only; advice will not be provided over the telephone nor via email. Any legal advice you receive will be the advice of a licensed attorney.

204 Boucke Building | 814.863.2027 | Contact the Center for Women Students