Sexual Misconduct Resources

If you have experienced Sexual Harassment or Sexual Misconduct:

Any Arcadia University student, faculty or staff member who has experienced sexual harassment or sexual misconduct is encouraged to consider reporting the incident to the University. In emergencies or immediately following an incident of sexual harassment or sexual misconduct, we encourage you to consider contacting law enforcement and/or seeking medical assistance. Public Safety will provide transport upon request.

Emergency Assistance Contact Information

Emergency Telephone Number

911

Cheltenham Township Police Department

Emergencies: 911
(215) 885-1600

8230 Old York Road, Elkins Park, PA 19027

Arcadia Public Safety

The Department of Public safety is available 24-hours a day, year-round
Emergencies: 215-572-2999 or x2999 from any campus phone
For all other calls, dial 215-572-2800 or x2800 from any campus phone


Confidential Resources and Support

Confidential resources will not share information with the University nor will speaking with a confidential resource trigger action by the University unless there is an immediate threat to self or others, or if a minor is involved.

Abington Memorial Hospital

Phone: 215-481-2000 (24 hours a day, seven days a week) 
Location: 1200 Old York Road, Abington, PA 19001

A medical provider at Abington Memorial Hospital (“AMH”) can provide emergency and/or follow-up medical services and provide a forum to discuss any healthcare concerns related to the incident in a confidential medical setting. AMH can conduct a medical exam through a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (“SANE”). A medical exam will treat any injury or trauma and address concerns about sexually transmitted infections and pregnancy. 
 
The University encourages individuals to consider bringing a support person for accompaniment during the exam. Public Safety is also available to transport you to a medical exam.
 
There is a limited window of time following an incident of sexual assault to preserve physical and other forms of evidence. Taking the step to gather evidence immediately does not commit an individual to any course of action. However, preserving evidence may assist in proving that an alleged crime occurred or in obtaining a Protection from Abuse Order from a judge. The decision to seek medical attention at AMH and to gather any evidence will remain confidential and will preserve the full range of options to seek resolution through the criminal legal system and/or the University’s complaint processes. In Pennsylvania, an individual can submit to a medical exam anonymously.
 

Arcadia Student Health Services

Student Health Services (“SHS”) is staffed by certified nurse practitioners, part-time physicians, and secretarial support. Students are assessed and treated for illness and injuries by nurse practitioners with physician consultation and referral when necessary. Sexual health information, including STI testing, counseling and birth control options are available through SHS.

Student Health Service Remains Open for In-Person Appointments and Remotely using Telehealth: For your safety, we are open for appointments only. Please call 215-572-2966 to speak with our office staff and schedule appointments. Staff will be monitoring the phone line consistently throughout the day. You may also email shs@arcadia.edu for non-appointment related questions.

(215) 572-2966 or x2966 from any campus phone
Heinz Hall, Ground floor

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Arcadia Counseling Services

In the event of a serious mental health emergency (risk of harm to self and/or others), please contact Public Safety at 215-572-2999, dial 911, or go to your nearest emergency room.

For the health and safety of Arcadia’s community, services will continue to be offered remotely. To schedule an appointment or ask questions, contact 215-572-2967 or counselingservices@arcadia.edu.

Hours: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Tuesdays and Thursdays, open until 7 p.m. by appointment.  
(215) 572-2967 or x2967 from any campus phone
Heinz Hall, Ground floor

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Carebridge Employee Assistance Program

(Contact Human Resources department for web access code)
Services offered:

  • 24/7 Crisis phone counseling
  • 6 free counseling sessions yearly
  • Access to legal consultation

(800)-437-0911

Appointments: For Arcadia Staff & Employees

Suicide Prevention

National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800-273-8255

Lifeline Online Chat

Victim Services of Montgomery County, Inc. (VSC)

1 - 888-521-0983 (24-hour crisis line)
325 Swede St.
Norristown, PA 19401
(610) 277-0932

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National Domestic Violence Hotline 

1-800-799-SAFE (7223) OR 1-800-787-3224 (TTY)

Women Organized Against Rape (WOAR)

* Serves all genders, not just women
WOAR provides free services to anyone who has experienced sexual violence.
WOAR can provide counseling and education, as well as hospital and court accompaniment.
Monday to Friday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
WOAR does not provide legal advice or assistance.

24-hour Hotline: (215) 985-3333
(215) 985-3315
1617 John F Kennedy Blvd Suite #800, Philadelphia, PA 19103

Visit WOAR Website


On Campus Reporting Options

Students and staff may provide notice to the University using the reporting options below. The University is committed to treating all members of the community with civility, dignity, empathy, and respect. Any individual affected by Sexual Harassment, Sexual Misconduct, or Retaliation, whether as a Complainant, a reporter, a Respondent, or a third party, will be provided with resources, information, and options. The University recognizes that deciding whether to make a report and choosing how to proceed can be difficult decisions. All employees of the University (including student Resident Assistants), with the exception of those who are designated as Confidential Resources, are Mandated Reporters and must promptly share with the Director of OECR and Title IX Coordinator all known details of a report made to them in the course of their employment. Notice of Formal Complaints of Sexual Harassment, Sexual Misconduct, and/or Retaliation may be made to any of the following individuals:

Director of OECR and Title IX Coordinator

Nora Nelle
The Director of OECR serves as the University’s Title IX Coordinator and oversees implementation of the Policy Prohibiting Sexual Harassment and Sexual Misconduct. The Title IX Coordinator has the primary responsibility for coordinating the University’s efforts related to the intake, investigation, and resolution of Complaints, and implementation of supportive measures to stop, remediate, and prevent Sexual Harassment, Sexual Misconduct, and Retaliation as prohibited under this Policy. 

(215) 517-2659
nellen@arcadia.edu

Deputy Title IX Coordinators

The University has also designated several Deputy Title IX Coordinators, whose responsibilities are overseen by the Director of OECR/Title IX Coordinator. Deputy Title IX Coordinators are also knowledgeable and trained on the Policy and related Procedures, and available to advise any individual about the courses of action available. Deputy Title IX Coordinators are available in the following offices:

  • Deputy Title IX Coordinator and Associate Dean of Students: Dian Taylor-Alleyne, 215-572-2932, taylor-alleyne@arcadia.edu, Kuch Center, 450 S. Easton Road, Glenside, PA 19038
  • Deputy Title IX Coordinator, Associate Director of Athletics, and Head Coach, Women’s Field Hockey: Erin Livingston, 267-620-4856, livingse@arcadia.edu, Kuch Center, 450 S. Easton Road, Glenside, PA 19038
  • Deputy Title IX Coordinator and Director of Institutional Relations, The College of Global Studies: Tim Barton, 215-572-4070, bartont@arcadia.edu, Larsen Hall, 450 S. Easton Road, Glenside, PA 19038 
  • Deputy Title IX Coordinator and Director of Health, Safety, and Security and Director of Student Services, The College of Global Studies: Maureen Gordon, Larsen Hall, Gordonm@arcadia.edu, 215-572-2900, 450 S. Easton Road, Glenside, PA 19038
  • Deputy Title IX Coordinator and Employee/Labor Relations Specialist: Hector Figueroa, figueroah@arcadia.edu, 782 Limekiln Pike, Glenside, PA 19038
  • Deputy Title IX Coordinator and Director of the Office of Institutional Diversity (To be assigned)
Additional Reporting Options

These individuals are also trained to receive reports. As noted above, all reports to University faculty and staff will be forwarded to the Director of OECR/ Title IX Coordinator:

Dean of Students 
(215) 572-2933 
University Commons Suite 202

Associate Vice President of Human Resources
(215) 572-2173
782 Limekiln Pike

Public Safety Department
(215) 572-2800
Dilworth Hall

Arcadia Anonymous Reporting 

Intouch Hotline: 1-866-943-5787
For more information on making an anonymous report,

Visit Campus Conduct Hotline

Rights of Complainants and Respondents

Persons who make a complaint and those who are responding to complaints have the following rights:

  • The option to notify law enforcement;
  • The option to have an advisor present during interviews and/or hearings as part of the Formal Grievance Process;
  • To be notified of counseling and support services available;
  • To be notified of options to change academic, living, or work arrangements.
Policy Against Retaliation

Retaliation can take many forms. It may be committed by or against an individual or a group, and a Complainant, reporter, Respondent, third party, and any employee charged with implementing this Policy and the related Procedures may also be the subject of Retaliation by another individual. It is a violation of this Policy to retaliate in any way against an individual because they raised allegations under this Policy.

Acts of alleged Retaliation should be reported immediately to the Director of OECR/Title IX Coordinator and will be promptly investigated by OECR. The University is prepared to take appropriate steps to protect individuals who have been or fear that they may be subjected to Retaliation. Reports of Retaliation with student Respondents will be adjudicated through Appendix B of the Procedures. Appendix C of the Procedures will be used for adjudication of employee Respondents. 

Charging an individual making a materially false statement in bad faith in the course of proceedings under this Policy does not constitute Retaliation. A determination regarding responsibility, alone, is not sufficient to conclude that any party has made a materially false statement in bad faith.

Supportive Measures

The University will offer and implement appropriate and reasonable supportive measures, that do not burden the other party, upon Notice of alleged Sexual Harassment, Sexual Misconduct, and/or Retaliation by a Complainant. 

Supportive measures are individualized services, accommodations, and other assistance that the University offers and may put in place, without fee or charge. Supportive measures are designed to restore or preserve equal access to the University’s Education Program or Activity, protect the safety of all Parties and the University’s educational environment, and/or deter Sexual Harassment, Sexual Misconduct, and/or Retaliation, without being punitive or disciplinary in nature or unreasonably burdening the other party.

Title IX

Title IX prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in any federally funded education program or activity. Sexual harassment is a form of sex discrimination. For information about Title IX, please contact the Director of OECR and Title IX Coordinator, Nora Nelle, at (215) 517-2659.

Protection of Minors

Every Arcadia community member has a duty to report if they have reasonable cause to suspect that a child is a victim of child abuse or neglect based on information shared with them by the child or any other individual or by their own observations or knowledge. An Arcadia community member suspecting abuse is required to make a report to Children and Youth Services and also to notify the Director of Public Safety at (215) 572-2999. Under Pennsylvania law, a child is any individual under the age of 18. 

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Additional Resources

Planned Parenthood 

Affordable health care services, including: STI screenings, emergency contraception, abortion referrals, and pregnancy testing.
Hours: Monday 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. , Tuesday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Wednesday 10 a.m. – 7 p.m., Thursday 7:30 a.m. –1 p.m., Friday 9 a.m. –2 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Sunday Closed
1221 Powell Street Norristown, PA 19401
610-279-6095

Book an Appointment Online

Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape (PCAR)

PCAR can help connect you with community resources as well as provide legal advice and assistance.
PCAR also has a host of online resource that you can access using the link below.
Toll-free hotline: 1-888-772-7227
(800) 692-7445
Legal assistance: (717) 901-6784

View Website

Domestic Violence Resources

Women’s Center of Montgomery County

24-hour toll-free Hotline: 800-773-2424
Main Office: 107 E Main St, Norristown, PA 19401 ; 610-279-1548
Wyncote Office (closest to Arcadia): 215-635-7344

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Services:

  • Individualized peer and group domestic violence counseling – Telephone counseling, information and referral
  • Legal advocacy
  • Court and hospital accompaniment
  • Emergency relocation funding for victims of domestic violence
Laurel House

24-hour toll-free hotline: 1-800-642-3150
Non-emergencies: (610) 277-1860

View Website

Services:

  • Shelter
  • Counseling
  • Domestic Abuse Response Team (works with law enforcement)
  • Medical Advocacy
  • Legal Representation

Young Adult Intimate Partner Violence Support Group
Thursdays at 4 p.m.
Open to young adults (age 18 to 23) currently in our recovering from an abusive dating relationship.

LGBTQIA+ Centered Resources

In addition to other on campus and local resources available to students and staff affected by sexual misconduct, below is a list of LGBTQIA+ centered resources.

Philadelphia-Based Community Centers
Mazzoni Center

Comprehensive health and wellness services for LGBTQ+ community

  • education
  • counseling
  • sexual wellness/ STI testing
  • legal services

Main Phone: 215-563-0652
Health Center Phone: 215-563-0658
Legal Services Phone: 215-563-0657 
1348 Bainbridge Street Philadelphia, PA 19147

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The Attic Youth Center

Offering services for LGBTQ+ youth, including life skills center, support services, counseling, educational training, and resources.
215-545-4331
255 South 16th Street Philadelphia, PA 19102

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William Way Center

The William Way LGBT Community Center encourages, supports and advocates for the well-being and acceptance of sexual and gender minorities in the Greater Philadelphia region through service, recreational educational and cultural programming. 
215-732-2220
1315 Spruce Street Philadelphia, PA 19107
info@waygay.org

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Youth Health Empowerment Project

Offers an inclusive, trauma-informed, gender affirming approach to healthcare for adolescents and young adults (ages 13-24), providing access to comprehensive primary care, sexual and reproductive health services, integrated behavioral health, PrEP (Pre- Exposure Prophylaxis for HIV), and other relevant social services.
215-344-1632
1207 Chestnut Street, 5th Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19107
Hours: Monday- Friday 9am-5pm

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Hotlines (call/ text), Online Chats, and Resources for Crisis Intervention

RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network) 

National Sexual Assault Hotline (free, confidential, 24/7) 
Call 1-800-656-HOPE (4673) or, Online Chat

Loveisrespect

Resources on issues surrounding dating abuse and forming healthy relationships, as well as crisis intervention.
Hotline and Online Chat: Speak to a trained peer advocate 24/7
Call 1-866-331-9474
(1-866-331-8453 TTY for Deaf/hard of hearing individuals)
Text* loveis (capitalization does not matter) to 22522 (message and data rates apply)

Online Chat

GBLT (Gay, Lesbian, Transgender) National Help Center

Collection of web resources to connect to online and local services
Hotline hours: Eastern time: Monday to Friday from 4 p.m. to midnight, Saturday from noon to 5 p.m.

View Website

GBLT National Hotline (toll-free):1-888-843-4564
info@GLBTNationalHelpCenter.org

FORGE

Serves transgender and non-conforming survivors of domestic and sexual violence
Call to be connected to resources in your area: 414-559-2123

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The Network La Red

The Network/La Red’s 24-hour hotline provides confidential emotional support, information, referrals, safety planning, and crisis intervention for lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer and/or transgender (LGBQ/T) folks, as well as folks in SM/kink and polyamorous communities who are being abused or have been abused by a partner.
Voice: 617-742-4911
Toll-Free: 800-832-1901

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The Northwest Network of Bi, Trans, Lesbian and Gay Survivors of Abuse

Supports LGBT survivors of abuse by offering resources, community education, and direct services
Call 206-568-7777 (9am-5pm) 

View Website

info@nwnetwork.org

Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape (PCAR)

Hotline for victims of sexual assault Advocates for and provides legal advice and counsel of sexual assault
victims, including individuals in the LGBTQ community.
Hotline, call 1-888-772-7227 (toll-free)
For general inquiries or requests for assistance, call 1-800-692-7445 or 717- 728-9740
For legal assistance: 717-901-6784

For Legal Assistance

The Trevor Project

Provide crisis intervention and suicide prevention resources to LGBTQ+ community 24/7 hotline and online chat.
24/7 Hotline, Call the TrevorLifeLine: 1-866-488-7386 (text START to 678678)

Confidential Online Chat with Trevor Counselor

Gay Men’s Domestic Violence Project

Crisis intervention, support, legal advocacy, emergency safe home, and resources for victims and survivors of domestic abuse.
24hr hotline: 800-832-1901

View Website

Web Resources and Advocacy Organizations

National Center for Transgender Equality

Social justice advocacy organization working to to change policies and society to increase understanding and acceptance of transgender people

View Website

GLAAD (Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation)

Empowers LGBTQ+ people to tell their stories

View Website

Human Rights Campaign

Civil rights organization providing resources to promote equality

View Website

National LGBTQ Task Force

Resources and training for LGBTQ+ activists

View Website

The Audre Lorde Project-TransJustice

Political group with resources for trans and gender non-conforming people of color

View Website

I Am: Trans People Speak

Website to empower transgender people and raise awareness of the diversity that exists within transgender communities

View Website

The Trans 100

Celebrating and acknowledging excellence within trans community

View Website

National Resource Center on LGBT Aging

Resources for coming out later in life, caregiver support, abuse, and cultural competence

View Website

COLAGE

Works to unite people with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and/or queer parents into a network of peers and supports them

View Website

colage@colage.org

Legal Assistance

Legal Aid of Southeastern Pennsylvania

Toll free helpline 1-877-429-5994
Legal Aid provides free representation for victims of domestic violence or sexual violence in Protection from Abuse cases, Protection from Intimidation cases, Protection from Sexual Violence cases, legal change of name cases, and many more. 
625 Swede Street
Norristown, PA 19401
610-275-5400

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Transgender Law Center

Trans-led organization grounded in legal expertise to help fight for liberation
Helpline for questions regarding laws and policies that affect transgender people (NOT for personal/ individualized legal advice or representation)

View Website

Sylvia Rivera Law Project

Project aimed at improving access to services that support self-determination of gender identity and express through community education and providing legal help

View Website

Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund

Legal help
Provides public education, test-case litigation, direct legal services, community organizing, and public policy efforts

View Website

National Center for Lesbian Rights

Legal help
Social justice and advocacy organization

View Website

Lambda Legal

Pursuing high-impact litigation, public education, and advocacy on behalf of equality and civil rights for lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people, and people with HIV

View Website

Resources for Male Survivors

In addition to other on campus and local resources available to students and staff affected by sexual misconduct, below is a list of resources specifically targeted to support male survivors of sexual assault.

1 in 6

National chat helpline for men available 24/7 and weekly chat-based online support group facilitated by a trained advocate or counselor

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Jim Hopper, Ph.D.

Resources and articles related to trauma surrounding childhood sexual abuse and sexual assault on adult men and their loved ones

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