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Title IX Information

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 prohibits sex discrimination against students and employees of educational institutions.

The regulations implementing Title IX are enforced by the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights and prohibit discrimination, exclusion, denial, limitation, or separation based on gender. Intended to end sex discrimination in all areas of education for Civil Rights.

The U.S. Department of Education Office For Civil Rights provides guidelines to ensure that schools take effective steps to respond to sexual violence in accordance with the requirements of Title IX.

It is the policy of Keystone College, in accordance with federal and state law, to prohibit unlawful discrimination.

Title IX Contacts

Patricia L. Lione
Title IX Coordinator
Associate Vice President for Administration
(570) 945-8361
Email Patricia

Alberta M. Grushinski, MA PHR
Deputy Title IX Coordinator
Director of Human Resources
(570) 945-8373
Email Alberta

Understanding Title IX

Title IX Law

“No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.”

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 Implementing Regulations at: 20 U.S.C § 1681 & 34 C.F.R. Part 106

Frequently Asked Questions About Sexual Harassment

What behaviors are prohibited by Title IX?

Sexual harassment (which includes sexual violence and assault) is a form of sex discrimination and, therefore, is a violation of Title IX. Specific behaviors that are prohibited by Title IX include rape, sexual assault, sexual battery, sexual exploitation, and other forms of nonconsensual sexual activity; stalking; and relationship violence. Many behaviors that violate Title IX also constitute crimes.

What is Keystone College’s harassment policy?

Harassment in any form, whether based on race, sex, color, national or ethnic origin, age, religion, marital status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, or any other legally protected classification, is unacceptable on the Keystone College campus.

For purposes of this policy harassment means unwelcome verbal, written, or physical conduct based on a protected classification (race, color, sex, disability, etc.) that has the purpose or effect of unreasonably inter-fering with an individual’s work or education (including living conditions, extracurricular activities, and social life), creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive environment, or constituting a threat to an individual’s personal safety. Sexual harassment includes sexual violence/assault.

What is the definition of sexual harassment?

Sexual harassment is defined as any unwelcome sexual advance, request for sexual favors, or other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature which has the purpose or effect of interfering with one’s academic or work performance or social world by creating an intimidating, hostile, offensive, or violent environment. Sexual violence/assault is also considered sexual harassment.

Examples:

  • Pressure for sexual activity
  • Sexually explicit questions
  • Unwelcome touching, hugging, stroking, squeezing
  • Sexual ridicule
  • Attempted or actual sexual violence
  • Pervasive displays of pictures, calendars, cartoons, or other materials with sexually explicit or graphic content
  • Sexual innuendos and comments
  • Requests for sexual favors
  • Spreading rumors about a person’s sexuality
  • Displaying or sending sexually suggestive electronic content including but not limited to emails, text messages, etc.
  • Stalking a person

These examples are not all-inclusive of the types of situations that may constitute sexual harassment.

Where can a victim get support or assistance?

Keystone College offers support and assistance for victims of sexual discrimination, harassment, or violence. For confidential assistance contact:

  • Counseling Services, Hibbard Campus Center, 2nd floor, 570-945-8309. Privacy laws prohibit these individuals from disclosing your conversation without your consent.
  • Health Services, Tewksbury Hall, 570-945-8255. Privacy laws prohibit these individuals from disclosing your conversation without your consent.
  • Sexual Offense Advocate Response (S.O.A.R) team provides support and assistance to victims of sexual assault, but can not guarantee confidentiality.
How do I file a report/complaint for sexual discrimination, harassment, or violence?

Students, employees, or third parties who believe they have been subjected to discrimination or harassment, including sexual violence/assault, by a student or employee of the Keystone College community or by another individual for whom the College is or may be responsible (e.g., applicants for admission or employment, alumni, in-dependent contractors, vendors, recruiters) should contact one of the following persons for assistance with re-solving a complaint.

  • Patricia L. Lione, Associate Vice President of Administration/Title IX Coordinator
    570-945-8361, Ward Hall, 3rd Floor room 307
  • Alberta M. Grushinski, MA.PHR , Chief Human Resources Officer/Deputy Title IX Coordinator
    570-945-8373, Ward Hall 3rd floor, room 311

Three Ways to File a Complaint

All complaints of harassment or discrimination will be investigated in a manner that is prompt, adequate, and impartial. You can also remain anonymous.

  1. Submit an anonymous report online
  2. Download and print the complaint form
  3. Pick up a complaint form in one of the following offices:
  • Campus Safety, Hollinshead Hall, 1st floor
    570 945-8997
    Emergency 570 945-8989
  • Residence Life, Hibbard Campus Center, 2nd floor
    570 945-8271
    570 840-8473, Area Coordinator on Duty
  • Health Services, Tewksbury Hall, 1st floor
    570 945-8255
  • Counseling Services, Hibbard Campus, Center 2nd floor
    570 945-8309
What do I do after I make a report?

Anyone who reports sexual harassment or sexual misconduct is entitled to receive interim support and reasonable protection against further acts of misconduct, harassment, or retaliation as needed from Keystone College (“the College”).

Learn more about interim measures.

Am I protected against retaliation?

All members of the Keystone College community are advised that retaliation against anyone filing a complaint of discrimination or harassment or for participating in an investigation of discrimination or harassment is strictly prohibited by law and by College policy and any individual who engages in retaliation will be subject to disciplinary action.

Annual Security & Fire Safety Report (ASFSR)

The Annual Security and Fire Safety Report includes statistics concerning reported crimes that occurred on campus, in certain off campus buildings or property owned or controlled by Keystone College, and on property within, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from, the campus. This report also includes campus safety policies such as campus access, sexual assault, reporting crimes, and more.

The Keystone College Department of Campus Safety prepares this report to comply with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics.