Penn State Hotline allows employees, students to report misconduct

March 30, 2016

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Fostering a respectful and ethical workplace and learning environmental is a top priority for Penn State. To uphold its commitment to promote ethical behavior across the University, Penn State provides a hotline for employees and students to report misconduct anonymously. 

“It’s important that our students and employees feel safe and protected,” said Megan Houser, human resources consultant for the College of Education. “The hotline is one way the University can provide that assurance by allowing students and employees to report anonymously any type of behavior they feel is questionable without fear of retaliation.”

In August 2015, the University made the process of reporting misconduct concerns easier for employees by combining its two hotlines — Ethics and Compliance hotline and Report Bias and Sexual Assault hotline. The new Penn State Hotline, the result of a recommendation made by the Task Force on Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment, now allows employees and students to call one number for all issues of misconduct.

“The Penn State Hotline eliminates any confusion that having multiple hotlines can cause,” Houser said.

To report questionable activity, employees and students can call 800-560-1637 or complete an online report. The hotline is administered by The Network Inc., an independent third party, and is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Individuals making a report also have the option to follow-up with their initial complaint.

To learn more about the Penn State Hotline and other initiatives led by the Office of Ethics and Compliance, visit

Last Updated March 30, 2016