What is Sexual Misconduct?
Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (Title IX) and its implementing regulations prohibit sex discrimination in educational programs and activities operated by recipients of Federal financial assistance. This prohibition encompasses discrimination based on a student’s gender identity, including discrimination based on a student’s transgender status.
Elizabethtown College is committed to providing a learning, working, and living environment that promotes personal integrity, civility, and mutual respect in an environment free of sex discrimination and sexual misconduct.
Sex discrimination violates an individual's fundamental rights and personal dignity. Sex discrimination includes all forms of sexual and gender-based harassment, sexual misconduct, sexual violence, sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, stalking by students, employees or third parties against employees, students, or third parties.
Elizabethtown College takes seriously violations of Title IX policy and will investigate allegations of Title IX violations to the fullest extent possible. Any person found in violation of the policy will be subject to discipline, up to and including termination if they are an employee, and/or expulsion if they are a student.
Elizabethtown College (henceforth “The College”) prohibits all Sexual Misconduct Violations as defined in the Policy. This prohibited conduct can affect all genders, gender identities and sexual orientations. Some of these prohibited forms of conduct may also be crimes under Pennsylvania or federal law. The College will promptly and equitably respond to all reports of sexual misconduct to eliminate the misconduct, prevent its recurrence, and redress its effects on any individual or the community.
Prohibited behaviors include the following, defined in the Elizabethtown College Sexual Misconduct Policy linked above:
- Dating Violence (Regulatory and Non-Regulatory)
- Domestic Violence (Regulatory and Non-Regulatory)
- Sexual Assault (Regulatory and Non-Regulatory)
- Sexual Exploitation
- Sexual Harassment - Quid Pro Quo and Hostile Environment (Regulatory and Non-Regulatory)
- Stalking (Regulatory and Non-Regulatory)
How to Report an Incident
Reports of Potential Violations of this Policy
Elizabethtown College strongly encourages anyone who has information about a potential violation of this Policy to provide a Report to the Title IX Coordinator or Deputy Coordinator. A Report is defined as a disclosure and does not constitute a Formal Complaint. The procedure for filing a Formal Complaint is described in the Policy. Any person may provide a Report of a potential violation to the Title IX Coordinator in person, by mail, by telephone or by electronic mail. Reports by mail, telephone or electronic mail may be made at any time, including outside of regular business hours.
A person may also file an anonymous report, which will be routed directly to the Title IX Coordinator. Anonymous reports may be submitted using this form:
An anonymous report is defined as a disclosure, and does not constitute a Formal Complaint. The procedure for filing a Formal Complaint is described in this Policy.
Title IX Coordinator:
Nichole Gonzalez – Dean of Students
(Title IX Coordinator)
Office Address: BSC 210 (Baugher Student Center)
Telephone Number: 717-361-1179 or at any hour by contacting Campus Safety, 717-361-1111
Deputy Title IX Coordinator:
Gabbie Reed – Deputy Title IX Coordinator
Office Address: BSC 208
Telephone Number: 717-361-3727
Reporting to Law Enforcement
A victim of a crime is encouraged to, but not required to, report the incident to local law enforcement. The criminal process and the College's disciplinary process are mutually exclusive, and are not dependent upon one another. A person can pursue both, neither, or either. Victims have the option of notifying local law enforcement directly or receiving assistance from the College in doing so. If an individual requires assistance making contact with local law enforcement and scheduling a meeting time with a Police Officer or Detective, please contact one of the following:
Gerald Kelley, Campus Safety Director or ask for the supervisor on duty. 24/7 access: 717.361.1264 or visit the Campus Safety Office at 605 S. Mt. Joy Street
Nichole Gonzalez – Dean of Students (Title IX Coordinator)
Office Address: BSC 210 (Baugher Student Center)
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Telephone Number: 717-361-1179
To make a direct report to local law enforcement without assistance from the College, individuals should contact 911 or Lancaster County Wide Communications at 717.367.1835. The dispatcher will ask for preliminary information, such as the name of the reporting person, phone number, address, and whether immediate assistance is needed.
Statement of Non-Discrimination
Elizabethtown College does not discriminate on the basis of gender, race, color, religion, age, disability, marital status, veteran status, national or ethnic origin, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, genetic information, possession of a general education development certificate as compared to a high school diploma, or any other legally protected status. This commitment applies but is not limited to decisions made with respect to hiring and promotion, the administration of educational programs and policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic or other College administered programs. Discriminatory acts of any kind are strictly forbidden. Inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies may be directed to:
- Ann Thompson, Director of Human Resources, Myer Administration, Room 2200, Elizabethtown College, Elizabethtown, PA 17022, 717-361-1395 email@example.com
- Nichole Gonzalez, Dean of Students (Title IX Coordinator), 208 Baugher Student Center, firstname.lastname@example.org, 717-361-1179
- Gabrielle Reed, Deputy Title IX Coordinator, 209 Baugher Student Center, email@example.com, 717-361-3727
- For further information on notice of non-discrimination, visit Office for Civil Rights for the address and phone number of the office that serves your area, or call 1.800.421.3481.
IF YOU BELIEVE YOU OR ANYONE ELSE IS IMMEDIATE DANGER,
CALL 911 or Campus Safety at 717-361-1111
The resources below are confidential services available to any Elizabethtown College community member who is a victim of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence or stalking. They can be accessed without reporting an incident to anyone at Elizabethtown College.
- Sexual Assault Forensic Examination (SAFE) - Lancaster General Hospital – Emergency Room – 555 N. Duke Street, Lancaster, PA 17602, 717.544.5122
- YWCA Lancaster Sexual Assault Prevention & Counseling Center 24/7 Hotline – 717.392.7273
- Sexual Assault Forensic Examination (SAFE) - Penn State Hershey Medical Center – Emergency Room – 500 University Dr., Hershey, PA 17033, 717.531.8333
- Sexual Assault Forensic Examination (SAFE) - UPMC Pinnacle Harrisburg Campus - 111 South Front Street, Harrisburg PA 17101 Phone: 717.782.3131
- Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health - LG Health Physicians Family Medicine Sycamore Square
99 Masonic Drive, Suite 101, Elizabethtown, PA 17022. Phone: 717-689-4243 (Etown College students call 717-588-1059 to be connected during business hours)
- Domestic Violence Services 24-Hour Hotline – Community Action Program of Lancaster County – 299.1249 (collect calls accepted)