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Penn State Establishes Coronavirus Misconduct Reporting Guidelines

Penn State is encouraging students to report coronavirus mitigation policy violations on campus, the university said in an email to students Tuesday.

“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,” the email read. “Penn State encourages the reporting of misconduct. If you see something, say something.”

The email emphasized a new “COVID-19” section of the university’s misconduct reporting guidelines. New requirements and expectations are in place to help Penn State enforce its coronavirus mitigation efforts.

Students are encouraged to either call the Office of Student Conduct or fill out an incident reporting form to report misconduct. Meanwhile, faculty are to be referred to human resources. The full reporting guidelines outlined by the university are below:

  • Students: The Penn State Student Code of Conduct outlines sanctions, including suspension or expulsion from the University, that may be imposed upon failure to comply with University Policies, including this policy, or reasonable directives from University officials. Student concerns should be reported to the Office of Student Conduct.
  • Employees: Any employee found in violation of this policy may be subject to disciplinary action, including dismissal. Faculty concerns should be reported to the academic unit head (chief academic officer, department head, director of academic affairs, school director, division head, or associate dean for academic affairs) or Human Resources. Staff concerns should be reported to the supervisor or to Human Resources (Contact Human Resources, Labor and Employee Relations at 814-867-0041)

Violations of Penn State’s coronavirus policies include not wearing a face covering, violating social distancing procedures, and dodging surveillance testing. Students could be suspended or expelled for failing to follow the university’s guidelines.

The university also is urging students and faculty to report non-emergency misconduct to either the Office of Ethics and Compliance (800-560-1637) or the 24/7 Penn State Hotline (800-560-1637).

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