If you see something, say something: Resources for reporting wrongdoing

February 03, 2020

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — All members of the Penn State community are asked to remain mindful of their individual commitment to the Penn State Values by helping to keep the University a safe and ethical institution. In addition, as members of this community, everyone should be responsible stewards of University funds, whether generated from state, federal, student or other sources.

The University does not condone wrongful conduct by any member of the Penn State community, no matter what position he or she may hold.

Penn State encourages the reporting of misconduct. If you see something, say something.

If you report misconduct, be assured that the University will protect you from retaliation. See AD67 or contact the Office of Ethics & Compliance for more information at http://www.universityethics.psu.edu/.

A summary of types of misconduct and how to report is available at reporting.psu.edu.

If at any point you are unsure where to report a non-emergency, you may contact:

  • The Office of Ethics and Compliance, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. ET: 814-867-5088.
  • The Penn State Hotline, 24/7: 800-560-1637 or http://hotline.psu.edu.

The following resources are available for faculty, staff, students and others:


Crime or emergency situation

  • Contact the campus police or security office.
  • In an emergency, dial 911.
  • Penn State has established a Responsible Action Protocol in response to the University Park Undergraduate Association's campaign for a medical amnesty policy. Effective January 2018, the Responsible Action Protocol was updated and now reflects the following:
    • A student who acts responsibly by notifying the appropriate authorities (e.g., calling 911, alerting a resident assistant, contacting police) AND meets one or more of the following criteria typically will not face University conduct action for his or her own use or possession of alcohol or drugs. However, the student will be required to attend an approved alcohol or drug education program, such as BASICS or the Marijuana Intervention Program (MIP); the fee will be waived. When the student's behavior involves other Code of Conduct violations (e.g., vandalism, assault, furnishing to minors), the additional behavior may be subject to disciplinary action. If a student exhibits a pattern of problematic behavior with alcohol or drugs, that student may be subject to formal disciplinary action.
    • The criteria which invoke the Protocol are:
      • A student seeks medical assistance for themselves when experiencing an alcohol or drug overdose or related problems.
      • A student seeks medical assistance for a peer suffering from an alcohol or drug overdose or related problems and remains with the peer until appropriate authorities arrive.
      • A student suffering from an alcohol or drug overdose or related problems, for whom another student seeks assistance and remains with the peer until appropriate authorities arrive, will also not be subject to disciplinary action for alcohol violations.

Suspected ethical or policy violations

(including fraud, theft, conflict of interest, abusive or intimidating behavior, retaliation, athletics integrity or NCAA compliance)

Child abuse, including child sexual abuse

  • Contact the Pennsylvania Child Welfare Services "ChildLine" at 800-932-0313 or https://www.compass.state.pa.us/cwis.
  • If the child is in immediate danger, dial 911 first.
  • You must also email AD72@psu.edu communicating that a report has been made. For more information on AD72 (Reporting Suspected Child Abuse), see https://policy.psu.edu/policies/ad72.
  • Further details can be found in the Building a Safe Penn State: Reporting Child Abuse training available on the Learning Resource Network at http://lrn.psu.edu.

Behavioral threat

If you feel that a member of the campus community (visitor, student, staff or faculty) presents behavior that is aggressive, disruptive, dangerous or threatening to the health and safety of themselves or others:

  • Contact the Behavioral Threat Management Team at 855-863-BTMT (2868), 814-863-BTMT (2868), or http://btmt.psu.edu/.

Bias or discrimination

  • To report behavior by an employee, contact the Affirmative Action Office at 814-863-0471.
  • To report behavior by a student, contact the Office of Student Conduct at 814-863-0342.
  • Visit the Report Bias website (for student reporting only): https://reportbias.psu.edu/.

Environmental Health and Safety Concerns


Hazing by any student organization or individual is against Penn State's code of conduct, and also a violation of Pennsylvania law. To report instances of hazing:

Sexual harassment and other forms of sexual misconduct**

  • To make a report to the University:
    • Contact the University’s Title IX Coordinator at 814 863 0471 or titleix@psu.edu.
    • To file an online report: Visit the Office of Sexual Misconduct Prevention and Response's website at http://titleix.psu.edu/filing-a-report/ to file an online report.
    • To file an anonymous report: The Penn State Hotline is available 24/7 at 800-560-1637 or http://hotline.psu.edu. Both are anonymous and available 24/7.
  • To file a discrimination or harassment complaint outside of the University:
    • The Office for Civil Rights (Philadelphia Office) at 215-656-8541 or email OCR.Philadelphia@ed.gov.
    • The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (Philadelphia District Office) at 800-669-4000.
    • The Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission (Harrisburg Regional Office) at 717-787-9780.

**Additional information regarding information and resources available in relation to incidents of sexual harassment and/or misconduct (including a campus-specific list of victim support services and confidential reporting options) can be found at http://titleix.psu.edu/.

Student misconduct

Contact the Office of Student Conduct at 814-863-0342 or http://studentaffairs.psu.edu/conduct or report at https://cm.maxient.com/reportingform.php?PennState&layout_id=0.

Research-related issues

  • Any research-related concerns should be directed to the Office for Research Protections at 814-865-1775 or orp@psu.edu.
  • Research misconduct concerns should be directed to 814-865-1775 or researchconcerns@psu.edu.

Suspected NCAA violations

(Including but not limited to recruiting inducements; extra benefits or other improper gifts; fraudulent activities designed to influence the outcome of sporting activities (e.g., sports wagering activities; altering the outcome of a sporting event or facets thereof); sports agent involvement with student-athletes; booster misconduct; recruiting misconduct; financial aid misconduct; arrangement of fraudulent academic credit or falsification of transcripts).


If it is not clear where to turn for assistance, any of these offices will guide the individual to someone who can help:

Last Updated September 22, 2020