Policies and Procedures

  • Sexual Offense Policy

    DeSales University is committed to an ethical, values centered, campus culture which promotes respect for persons' bodily integrity and the sacredness of human sexuality. The University affirms the teaching of the Catholic Church on human sexuality and expects the spirit of that teaching to be the guide for interpersonal relationships and the sexual conduct of its students. In the tradition of St. Francis de Sales and St. Jane de Chantal, we seek to help all community members recognize the paramount importance of friendship as the cornerstone of healthy relationships and to live well.

    The University understands that the threat of sexual violence is a reality on college campuses and throughout society. The function of identifying and managing risks, as well as the continuous assessment of compliance with appropriate laws and regulations is achieved by an inter-departmental, inter-disciplinary team that models collaboration to address the well-being of all community members. Members of this team include the Title IX coordinator, Dean of Students Office, Chief of Police, Office of Human Resources, Office of Student Conduct, and the Clery Coordinator, with coordinated support from Academic Affairs, Residence Life, Counseling and Health Centers.

    Sexual offenses, including domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking, are violations of an individual's person: body and soul. Sexual offenses are a matter of particular concern in an academic community in which students, faculty, and staff are related by bonds of interdependence and trust. This policy applies to students and University employees. All members of the University community share responsibility for creating and maintaining an environment which promotes the safety and dignity of each individual. Sexual offenses threaten that goal.

    Sexual assault is the most reprehensible of sexual offenses and won't be tolerated. Sexual assault violates state and federal law as well as University policy. Offenders may face criminal prosecution and/or disciplinary sanctions up to and including dismissal from the University.

    DeSales University is committed to providing immediate care and support for all reporting partys of sexual offenses. When a sexual offense occurs, the University's concern is for the safety, health and well-being of those impacted. To support and assist students, the University provides a range of services and resources. Please refer to the information herein on resources for medical, counseling and pastoral care.

    Clery Act and Title IX in the Context of Sexual Offenses

    The Clery Coordinator and the Chief of University Police form the Clery Act Compliance Team. General questions about Clery Act implementation, especially as it relates to sexual offenses, may be referred to Susan Anthony, Clery Coordinator, at extension 1740, or at susan.anthony@desales.edu, or at 2755 Station Avenue, Center Valley, PA 18034. Chief Marshall can be reached at extension 1837, or at steven.marshall@desales.edu, or at 2755 Station Avenue, Center Valley, PA 18034.

    Questions regarding the remediation of bias or discrimination within the University's programs in compliance with Title IX for sexual harassment or sexual violence can be referred to the associate vice-president for administration. AVP Rautzhan, who serves as Title IX Coordinator, can be contacted at extension 1332, or at peter.rautzhan@desales.edu, or at 2755 Station Avenue, Center Valley, PA 18034.

    Employees seeking remediation of bias or discrimination in the work-place due to other forms of harassment should refer to their respective employee handbook, work through their department's chain-of-responsibility, but they may also contact the director of human resources, Margie Grandinetti, at extension 1485.

    If you see something, say something! If you suspect that misconduct is occurring, has occurred or might occur, report your concerns to the DSUPD at extension 1250 from any campus phone or direct dial 610.282.1002.

    Sexual Offenses

    • Non-consensual sexual intercourse, which is any sexual intercourse by any person upon another without consent. It includes oral, anal and vaginal penetration, to any degree, with any object. It is referred to as "sexual assault" in this policy.
    • Non-consensual sexual contact, which is any sexual touching with any object, by any person upon another, without consent. Sexual touching is contact of a sexual nature, however slight.
    • Other sexual offenses include, but are not limited to:
      • Sexual exhibitionism (e.g. exposing oneself)
      • Sex-based cyber-harassment
      • Prostitution or the solicitation of a prostitute
      • Peeping or other voyeurism
      • Going beyond the boundaries of consent, e.g., by allowing others to view consensual sex or the non-consensual video or audio taping of sexual activity.

    Consent

    Consent means informed, freely given agreement, communicated by clearly understandable words or actions, to participate in each form of sexual activity. Consent cannot be inferred from silence, passivity, or lack of active resistance. A current or previous dating or sexual relationship is not sufficient to constitute consent, and consent to one form of sexual activity does not imply consent to other forms of sexual activity. By definition, there is no consent when there is a threat of force or violence or any other form of coercion or intimidation, physical or psychological. A person who is the object of sexual aggression is not required to physically or otherwise resist the aggressor; the lack of informed, freely given consent to sexual contact constitutes sexual misconduct.

    A person incapacitated by alcohol or drug consumption, or by any other means, or who is unconscious or asleep or otherwise physically impaired, is incapable of giving consent. Intoxication is not an excuse for failure to obtain mutual consent.

    Domestic Violence

    Domestic violence means causing or attempting to cause physical or sexual assault or abuse, placing another in reasonable fear of serious bodily injury, restraining another's liberty or freedom of movement, or stalking, where such conduct is committed by:

    1. A current or former spouse or intimate partner of the victim;
    2. A person with whom the victim shares a child;
    3. A person who is cohabitating or has cohabitated with the victim as a spouse or intimate partner;
    4. A person similarly situated to a spouse of the victim; or
    5. Any other person against an adult or youth victim who is protected from that person's acts under Pennsylvania's domestic or family violence laws.

    Dating Violence

    Dating violence means violence committed by a person who is or has been in a social relationship of a romantic or intimate nature with the victim. The existence of such a relationship shall be determined based on a consideration of:

    1. The length of the relationship;
    2. The type of relationship; and
    3. The frequency of interaction between the persons involved in the relationship. Dating violence includes, but is not limited to, sexual or physical abuse or the threat of such abuse.

    Stalking

    Stalking is a course of conduct directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to fear for his/her safety or the safety of others, or to suffer emotional distress. Stalking may include repeatedly following, monitoring, harassing, threatening, intimidating or communicating to or about another by telephone, mail, electronic communication, social media, or any other action, device, or method.

    A complete listing of sexual offenses of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania can be found under Title 18, Crimes and Offenses, of the Consolidated Statutes of Pennsylvania at http://www.legis.state.pa.us. In addition to fines and restitution, penalties range from up to two years imprisonment to twenty years imprisonment.

    If You Have Been Sexually Assaulted

    • Get to a safe place as soon as you can.
    • Get medical attention as soon as possible.
    • Try to preserve all physical evidence.
    • Contact the police. (This does not mean you have to decide to press charges.)
    • Talk with an advocate or counselor who will maintain confidentiality.
    • Contact someone you trust to be with you.

    Medical Attention

    If you are a reporting party, your first priority is "Get to a place of safety." If you are sexually assaulted, seek immediate medical attention. University police can assist you in obtaining medical care and understanding your reporting options.

    Although sexual offenses often make reporting partys want to wash or get rid of anything that reminds them of the trauma, it is important to preserve evidence. Do not wash, use the toilet, or change your clothing or any bed linens. Prompt reporting will assist police in collecting and preserving evidence. It is important to have the evidence collected because, although you may not want to pursue criminal action, you may change your mind in the future.

    Lehigh Valley Health Network has Sexual Assault Forensic Examiners (SAFE) on duty 24/7. For medical treatment and evidence collection, report to any Lehigh Valley Health Network Emergency Department.

    Lehigh Valley Hospital - Cedar Crest
    Cedar Crest Boulevard and I-78
    Allentown, PA

    Lehigh Valley Hospital - 17th Street
    17th and Chew Street
    Allentown, PA

    Lehigh Valley Hospital - Muhlenberg
    Route 22 and Schoenersville Road
    Bethlehem, PA

    St. Luke's Hospital also has a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner program located at:
    St. Luke's Hospital
    810 Ostrum Street
    Bethlehem, PA

    At your request, a rape counselor or advocate can accompany you during the examination and give you support. Requests can be made (24/7) by contacting Crime Victims Council of Lehigh Valley at 610.437.6611.

    Rape Drugs

    Many sexual offenders use alcohol and other drugs to make it easier for them to control their victims. It is important to understand that any drug can be used as a rape drug. The following drugs are most commonly used to facilitate a sexual assault.

    • Alcohol
    • Ecstasy
    • GHB (Gamma Hydroxy Butyrate)
    • Special K
    • Roofies (Rohypnol)

    Symptoms of being dosed with rape drugs include:

    • Rapid intoxication
    • Slurred speech
    • Poor motor control
    • Vomiting
    • Decreased sexual inhibitions
    • Periods of amnesia or blackouts

    If you think you, or someone you know, has been dosed with a rape drug, it is extremely important to get to the hospital as soon as possible. Overdoses are life threatening, prompt medical attention can be life-saving.

    It is important to visit the hospital as soon as possible to get tested if you or someone you know may have been dosed with a rape drug or any other drug involuntarily. Rape drugs dissipate from the body quickly. You must specifically ask for a drug test, because it may not be part of normal protocol. This evidence will aid in criminal prosecution if charges are filed.

    Most importantly, watch out for each other. If you are out with friends and one of them becomes intoxicated in an unusually short period of time this is a warning sign. Perpetrators will often play the part of the rescuer in these situations, and offer care of your friends so you "don't have to ruin your night." Have the courage and character to disrupt a potentially unsafe situation. As a member of the DSU community, we are called to intervene and protect one another.

    Reporting Offenses

    While an offense should be reported immediately, it can be reported at any time. Reporting an incident is an important contribution to the safety, security and health of everyone. Offenses to be reported include those perpetrated by other students, faculty, staff, visitors of members of the University community, or non-members. Both men and women may be the reporting party of sexual offenses. To report any sexual offense, call DeSales University Police at 610.282.1002 (Direct dial DSUPD) or extension 1250 from any campus phone. Reports may also be made, in person, at the DeSales University Police Department located in the Lawless Center.

    Off-campus incidents may fall in the jurisdiction of other local police departments. If the incident occurred on or off of University property, the DeSales University Police Department, can assist with determining the appropriate law enforcement agency to report the incident and assist you in filing a report. A reporting party may also choose to contact the Upper Saucon Township Police Department via Lehigh County 911 at 610.437.5252 or by dialing 911.

    Reporting an incident is not the same as prosecuting a person. Even if you do not want to press charges, the University encourages you to report the assault to law enforcement authorities. All Lehigh County criminal justice agencies are required to notify the District Attorney's Office of any sexual offenses which are alleged to have occurred in the county.

    You have the option to pursue a criminal complaint with the appropriate law enforcement agency, to pursue a complaint through the University disciplinary process, to pursue both, or neither. No action of the University shall be construed to limit a reporting party's rights to initiate civil or criminal proceedings against an alleged perpetrator. Regardless of the option chosen, the University must initiate an inquiry in accordance with Title IX requirements to ensure that it is providing a safe environment for all students, staff and faculty. The University will follow-up, where appropriate, in those instances where a report of a sexual offense is received from another law enforcement agency. Information obtained through administrative investigation may be used in the University disciplinary process, with or without the cooperation of the reporting party.

    All reports will be handled consistent with legal requirements and customary law enforcement practices of confidentiality. If you have concerns about talking to the police, advocates listed herein can describe the process to you and discuss your concerns about prosecution.

    Resources

    The Counseling Center, located in McShea Student Union, offers emotional support to victims, including information about common reactions to sexual offenses and ways to cope. Meetings with professional counselors are confidential and can be scheduled by calling 610.282.1100 extension 1462. Office hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m.-4:45 p.m.

    Students may also seek support from the Health Center, the Office of Campus Ministry, the Dean of Student's Office, or the Office of the Vice President of Student Life.

    The Crime Victims Council of the Lehigh Valley/Rape Crisis Center, an off-campus agency, can also offer assistance. They can be contacted by telephone at 610.437.6611. Learn more about this resource on their website at http://cvclv.org/ .

    Privacy and Confidentiality

    In all instances and, to the extent possible, the University will protect the privacy of all parties in reports of a sexual offense. That said, under federal law, campus officials (with the exceptions referenced below) receiving a report of sexual assault, whether from a student involved or a third party, must share that information with the appropriate University authorities for investigation and follow-up. Under the law, the University is obligated to conduct an inquiry regardless of the reporting party's requests; to take action to eliminate sexual offenses; to prevent recurrence; and address its effects. In the course of a preliminary administrative investigation, information will be shared as necessary with people who need to know, such as investigators, witnesses, and the responding party. The University response may be hindered by a reporting party's requests for anonymity or inaction.

    The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (20 USC § 1092(f)) (amended 1992, 1998, 2000, 2008) requires institutions to report "specified on-campus crimes that were reported to local police agencies or to any official of the institution with significant responsibility for student and campus activities." The number of these reports is then included in the federally mandated Clery Report which is distributed annually. When an imminent threat to the campus community exists, timely warnings are issued. These campus crime alerts do not identify the reporting party. If the University is found non-compliant with any aspect of the Clery Act, it can be fined and risks losing federal funding.

    The Clery Act designates certain University personnel as Campus Security Authorities (CSA). The intent of including non-law enforcement personnel as Campus Security Authorities is to acknowledge that many reporting parties, students in particular, are hesitant about reporting crimes to the police, but may be more inclined to report incidents to other University officials.

    Employees in this category include, but are not limited to, all student affairs administrators, residence life staff including all resident advisors (RAs), all student or campus activity advisors, all University Police and Public Safety Officers, the athletic director and all athletic coaches, and the director of human resources. Certain individuals who have significant responsibility for student and campus activities are exempt from disclosing information including pastoral or mental health counselors.

    If a student wishes the details of an incident to be kept confidential, she or he can speak with counselors at the University Counseling and Health Centers, campus ministers or contact off-campus crisis resources such as the Crime Victims Council of Lehigh Valley. These individuals will honor confidentiality unless there is an imminent danger to the student or to others.

    Amnesty for Other Potential Policy Violations

    At times, students are hesitant to report the occurrence of a sexual offense to officials because they are concerned that they themselves, or witnesses to the misconduct, may be charged with other policy violations, e.g., alcohol or visitation violations. These behaviors are not condoned by the University, but the importance of dealing with alleged sexual offenses outweighs the University's interest in addressing lesser violations. Accordingly, in these cases, the University will not pursue disciplinary action against students who make a sexual offense complaint or named as witnesses to the incident.

    Intimidation or Retaliation

    The University strongly encourages students to report any incident of a sexual offense and takes such reports very seriously. Any actual or threatened retaliation or any act of intimidation to prevent or otherwise obstruct the reporting of a sexual offense or participation in proceedings relating to a sexual offense by an accused individual or third party is itself prohibited and will result in disciplinary sanctions or criminal complaint. A reporting party or witness who is threatened in any way should immediately report these concerns to University police or any University official.

    No Contact Orders

    Upon receipt of a report of an alleged sexual offense in which the responding party is a current DeSales University student, an administrative directive for no contact may be issued to the reporting party and responding party. An administrative directive is a written notification for a student to have NO direct and/or indirect contact (including contact through friends, family, acquaintances, etc.) by physical, verbal, electronic or written means with another student. Failure to comply with an administrative directive will result in a disciplinary sanction and may result in criminal charges. The University reserves the right to issue an administrative directive in situations deemed appropriate by the vice-president of student life or his/her designee.

    University Response

    Once the University has received notice of an alleged sexual offense, the following protections shall take effect.

      1. All parties will be treated with courtesy, sensitivity, dignity and understanding.
      2. Immediate medical assistance for the reporting party will be made available. If appropriate, transportation to a hospital will be arranged or provided. Reporting partys may also choose to be accompanied by a University official.
      3. University police will answer a reporting party's questions at any time and will explain the criminal justice process, informing the reporting party of services available both on- and off-campus.
      4. In accordance with Title IX, University police will conduct a prompt, impartial, and thorough administrative investigation of the incident. If the incident involves criminal proceedings, the University's administrative investigation will be placed on hold in cooperation with the Lehigh County District Attorney's Office or other law enforcement agencies. When appropriate, criminal charges will be filed with the approval of the District Attorney's Office and in cooperation with the reporting party.
      5. Changes in the reporting party's academic, living, and/or employment situations will be made as appropriate. The goal of any adjustment will be to minimize the burden on the reporting party's educational program.
      6. Similarly, a responding party will also be provided support, information and assistance.
      7. Mental health and pastoral counseling services will immediately be made available.

    If a reporting party requests confidentiality or asks that the complaint not be pursued, the University will take reasonable steps to investigate and respond to the complaint consistent with the request for confidentiality. A reporting party may choose to file a Jane/John Doe (anonymous) Report with the University. These reports provide the reporting party with the opportunity to document the sexual offense without necessarily leading to a criminal investigation or formal disciplinary action against the responding party. The University includes the number of these reports in the mandated annual crime statistics. When an imminent threat to the campus community exists, a timely warning will be issued. These campus crime alerts do not identify the reporting party.

    If a reporting party continues to ask that their identity not be revealed, the University will evaluate that request in the context of its responsibility to provide a safe and nondiscriminatory environment for all students. Thus, the University weighs the request for confidentiality against the following factors: the seriousness of the alleged offense; the reporting party's age; whether there have been other complaints about the same alleged perpetrator; and the responding party's right to receive information about the allegations if the information is maintained by the school as an "education record" under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). The University shall inform the reporting party if it cannot ensure confidentiality.

    Due Process

    When the alleged offender is a faculty member or University employee, reports should be made to University police who will then notify the offices of Academic Affairs and Human Resources. When the alleged offender is a student, the offense may be handled within the University disciplinary system.

    University police may provide the results of investigations of complaints against:

    • students to the dean of students
    • faculty to the Office of Academic Affairs
    • staff members to the director of human resources.

    Where there is probable cause to believe that regulations prohibiting sexual offenses have been violated, the University may pursue action through its appropriate disciplinary process. The University disciplinary system utilizes a preponderance of the evidence standard to determine the final disposition of any alleged offense. The University reserves the right to take action under this policy for off-campus violations.

    Even if the criminal justice authorities do not prosecute, the University may choose to pursue disciplinary action and may use information from any credible source and, subsequently, apply any mechanism within its power to support the reporting party or ensure the rights of the responding party. Conversely, the University makes no attempt to shield members of its community from the law, nor does it intervene in legal proceedings against any individual. The University supports the larger civil community's judicial processes.

    In cases that are being handled through the criminal justice system, the University reserves the right to place restrictions, including interim suspension, if the vice-president of student life or the dean of students judges the nature of an offense to be such that the alleged perpetrator's presence on campus may pose a clear and present danger. The vice-president or dean may suspend a student from the University or from his/her campus residence until a hearing can be held.

    For more information regarding the University's disciplinary procedures, please refer to the Student Handbook:

    http://www.desales.edu/studenthandbook

    Individual Rights

    In addition to all other rights afforded in University disciplinary proceedings, the following rights apply to the reporting party and the responding party in the adjudication of an alleged sexual offense.

    • The right to have an advisor present during any and all disciplinary hearings.
    • The right to be protected against evidence of past sexual history not involving claims of assault during University proceedings except to the extent permitted by law.
    • The right to be notified of the outcome of the campus disciplinary proceedings.
    • The right to make up any academic work missed as a consequence of the trauma or the disciplinary proceedings.
    • The right to confidentiality, except where state or federal regulations require disclosure.

    Education and Services

    The University urges all students and employees to become aware of personal safety and to take precautions to decrease the risk of becoming a victim of any crime, including sexual offenses.

    The following on-campus educational programs and services are available:

    • Chaperon Service - When requested, University Police provide an escort for any members of the University community seven days per week and 24 hours per day. Call extension 1250.
    • Educational Programs - University Police and Student Life offer sexual assault education and information programs to students and employees on request. Literature on sexual assault prevention and risk reduction is available at the Counseling Center, Health Center (McShea Center) and at the University Police Department (Lawless Center). On an annual basis, the University coordinates educational initiatives in conjunction with the following:
      • Health & Wellness Fair - Each fall semester, the Counseling and Health Centers host a Health & Wellness community fair which welcomes various agencies, including the Crime Victims Council of the Lehigh Valley at www.cvclv.org, and Turning Point, an abuse counseling center and refuge at www.turningpointlv.org.
      • First-Year Student Orientation - Includes a program on potential perils of transitioning into a University community, which includes types of sexual offenses and the reporting of a sexual offense.
      • Haven - Haven is an online course to educate students about the elements of healthy relationships, the importance of sexual consent, and the role of bystanders in creating safe, healthy communities. Beginning fall 2014 all students were expected to complete this course and all incoming students are required to complete it prior to orientation.
      • Student Leader Training - Policy and practical training for resident advisors (RAs), PACE (Peer Advising, Counseling and Educating), peer mentors and other student leadership positions is offered annually.
      • Rape Aggression Defense (R.A.D.) - In an effort to educate students in the area of self-defense, University Police provide women with the opportunity to attend the Rape Aggression Defense (R.A.D.) program. The R.A.D. program is a non-credit comprehensive course designed solely for women that begins with awareness, prevention, risk reduction, and avoidance while progressing onto the basics of hands-on defensive training. This system of realistic self-defense provides women with the knowledge to make educated decisions about resistance.
    • Emergency Call Boxes - Emergency call boxes are strategically located throughout the Center Valley campus. They are either bright yellow in color or have a steady illuminated blue light near them to allow for easy locating. When activated, these call boxes immediately connect directly to University Police.
    • Campus Crime Alerts - Timely warnings notices are communicated via email and text message whenever certain sexual offenses, or other serious crimes, that create an imminent threat to the community are reported.
    • Bystander Intervention - A bystander is someone other than the victim who is present when an act of dating violence, domestic violence, stalking or sexual assault is occurring or when a situation is occurring in which a reasonable person feels as though some protective action is required to prevent sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence or stalking. Bystanders, if active, can prevent harm or intervene before a situation gets worse. Examples of active bystander intervention include: not leaving an overly intoxicated person in a bar/party alone, walking a classmate to his/her car after class, calling police when a potentially violent situation is unfolding, not leaving an unconscious person alone (alerting an RA, University Police, EMS etc.), or intervening when someone is being belittled, degraded or emotionally abused (walking victim away from abuser, contacting others for help, like counseling center, RA, Dean).
    • Annual Security Report - In compliance with state and federal law, annual copies of the campus security report are made available by the DeSales University Police Department located in the Lawless Center, or on the internet at www.desales.edu/securityreport

    Registered Sex Offenders

    In keeping with the Campus Sex Crimes Prevention Act (2000, CSCPA) the DeSales University Police Department maintains a record of registered sex offenders who have indicated that they are employed, enrolled, or reside within 1000 feet of DeSales University. This information is provided by the Pennsylvania State Police through the Upper Saucon Township Police Department. Any member of the University community who wishes to review these records should contact the Chief of University Police Monday through Friday during normal business hours.

    Further, pursuant to the provisions of Pennsylvania's Megan's Law, the Pennsylvania State Police have established an online listing to provide timely information to the public on sexually violent predators residing in the Commonwealth. For further information concerning crimes for which convicted offenders must register or regarding additional access to records of registered sex offenders, contact the Pennsylvania State Police, Megan's Law Section at 866.771.3170 or at www.pameganslaw.state.pa.us.

    Risk Reduction

    Being sexually assaulted is not your fault. Awareness of common contributing factors to sexual assault, will help you protect yourself and your friends. Here are some suggestions to help reduce the risk of becoming a victim.

    • Avoid excessive use of alcohol and other drugs. Know your limitations and be aware of your surroundings.
    • Trust your instincts. If an individual makes you feel uncomfortable, remove yourself from the situation.
    • Be assertive. Don't do anything you don't want to. State clearly what you want and do not want. When you say "no," the person should stop.
    • Communicate. Think about what you really want before you get into a sexual situation, and clearly communicate your boundaries and limits. If someone makes you feel uncomfortable, tell him or her early and firmly.
    • Never assume anything, especially if alcohol or drugs are involved. If there is any doubt that what you are doing is consensual, stop what you are doing.
    • The pervasiveness of people masking their true selves behind social media or online platforms is common. Take time to get to know any individual you meet online, especially someone who is not a part of the University community before inviting them to campus.
    • Be cautious inviting someone into your room or going to someone else's room.
    • Avoid walking alone if you are distracted, upset, or under the influence of any substance which may impair you.
    • Never accept beverages, including non-alcoholic ones, from someone you don't know or trust. Never leave your drink unattended; get a new one if you do. Always open your own drink. Never drink from punch bowls or other common containers. If you are having a mixed drink, make your own.
    • Avoid individuals who don't listen to you; ignore personal space boundaries; make you feel guilty or accuse you of being "uptight" for resisting sexual advances; express sexist attitudes and jokes; act jealous or possessive.

    Management of University Programs and Facilities for Children (Non-student minors)

    We want our campus to be a welcome place for children. Every community member shares the privilege and responsibility to protect children. DeSales University students are not exempt from the law or University policies and regulations which safeguard children. DeSales has adopted a Code of Ethical Behavior entitled, Sustaining a Caring Culture, which is binding on all University community members, on all campuses, at all times. It provides excellent guidance which will protect you and children. You will be required to sign the Code if you are in a position where you will be working with minors, in addition to maintaining current criminal background checks in accordance with Act 153 of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

    If you suspect abuse of a child occurred, is occurring, or may occur, you must report it. Contact University Police at 610.282.1002 (Direct dial DSUPD) or extension 1250 from any campus phone. You may also contact any Campus Safety Authority (CSA). Employees in this category include, but are not limited to, all student affairs administrators, residence life staff including all resident advisors (RAs), all student or campus activity advisors, all University Police and Public Safety personnel, the athletic director and all athletic coaches, and the director of human resources.

    Telephone Numbers

    University Police 610.282.1002 or ext. 1250 from any campus phone
    Health Center 610.282.1100 ext. 1776
    Counseling Center 610.282.1100 ext. 1462
    Dean of Students Office 610.282.1100 ext. 1272
    Office of the Vice-President of Student Life 610.282.1100 ext. 1475
    Title IX Coordinator 610.282.1100 ext. 1332
    Office of Campus Ministry 610.282.1100 ext. 1898
    Lehigh County 911 Center 610.437.5252 or 911
    Crime Victims Council of the Lehigh Valley 610.437.6611
    Upper Saucon Township Police Department 610.437.5252

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