Discrimination Complaints

Penn State's stance on intolerance and nondiscrimination is clearly established in University Policy AD85. Students who feel discriminated against may contact the appropriate staff resource person in the office listed below. The Affirmative Action Office website provides policy details, forms, resources, and updates.

Discrimination on the Basis of Disability: Contact the coordinator of Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) programs in the Affirmative Action Office, 814-863-0471.

Discrimination on the Basis of Veterans Status: Contact the director of Veterans Programs, 814-863-0465, or the Affirmative Action Office, 814-863-0471.

Sexual Harassment: The Sexual Harassment and Assault Reporting and Education website provides assistance in obtaining information and identifying resources for anyone who becomes aware of incidents as well as the ability to file a report. For additional information or assistance contact the Title IX coordinator, Paul Apicella (222 Boucke Building, University Park, PA 16802; 814-867-0099; email: pua26@psu.edu); or Peggy Lorah, Director of the Center for Women Students (204 Boucke Building, University Park, PA 16802;  814-863-2027; email: mal273@psu.edu).

Discrimination on the basis age, race, color, ancestry, national origin, religion, creed, service in the uniformed services (as defined in state and federal law), veteran status, sex, sexual orientation, marital or family status, pregnancy, pregnancy-related conditions, physical or mental disability, gender, perceived gender, gender identity, genetic information or political ideas: Contact the Affirmative Action Office, 328 Boucke Building, 814-863-0471. The Affirmative Action Office investigates complaints of discrimination against a member of the faculty or staff. The Affirmative Action Office also provides confidential consultation and informal complaint resolution. Students may also consult with advisers or department heads to informally resolve complaints. The Affirmative Action Office website provides additional information. Problems of discrimination should be reported as early as possible following the alleged incident.

Complaints against a student should be filed filed through Sexual Harassment and Assault Reporting and Education (SHARE), with the Title IX Office, 222L Boucke Building, 814-867-0099, or with the Office of Student Conduct, 120 Boucke Building, 814-863-0342. Information about Title IX and Student Conduct policies and procedures are on the SHARE website.

The University may make changes in policies, procedures, educational offerings, and requirements at any time. Please consult a Penn State academic adviser for more detailed information.


Last Update: March 2016