General Policies, Procedures and Regulations
Misericordia University's sexual assault policy procedures and protocol were established in 1994 and are contained in the Student Handbook and in a separate publications, The Sexual Assault Policy and Protocol and Misericordia University Sexual Assault Booklet.
A violation of Pennsylvania Law, a felony of the first degree, is defined as sexual intercourse with another person:
A violation of Pennsylvania law, a felony of the second degree, is defined as sexual intercourse with another person without the person's consent.
A violation of Pennsylvania Law, a misdemeanor of the second degree, is defined as indecent contact with a person:
Examples of Indecent Assault
Deliberate or reckless threats, actual or implied, or physical contact of a sexual nature that results in reasonable apprehension of a sexual assault or physical harm.
The University is a community of trust whose existence depends on strict adherence to standards of conduct set by its members. Sexual misconduct is a serious violation of these standards and will not be tolerated.
The University encourages all members of the University Community to be aware of both the consequences of sexual misconduct and the options available to survivors. Detailed information can be found in the Misericordia University Sexual Assault Booklet.
A student charged with sexual misconduct can be disciplined under the University's Code of Conduct and may be prosecuted under Pennsylvania's criminal statues. Even if the criminal justice authorities choose not to prosecute, the University can pursue disciplinary action up to and including dismissal from the University.
If Sexual Assault Occurs:
The police will be notified by hospital personnel whenever treatment is rendered for injuries resulting from a crime. If the police are notified, and you file a report, this does not mean that you have to proceed with criminal charges.
You can request that your identity be kept confidential and you may choose not to talk to the police.
The Dean of Students' Office is available to provide assistance in changing academic or living arrangements as a result of a sexual offense if requested by the victim and if these changes are reasonably available.
The University's Sexual Assault Prevention Team provides educational programming to all constituents of the College. This program addresses the definition and dynamics of sexual assault, as well as how to respond sensitively to the parties involved.
Sexual Offender Registration
The Jacob Wetterling Crimes Against Children and Sexual Violent Offender Registration Act sets the requirements for sexual offender registration and community notification. The Campus Sex Crimes Prevention Act of 2000 provides for the tracking of convicted sex offenders enrolled at, or employed by, institutions of higher education.
Persons seeking to obtain sex offender registration information may contact the Dallas Township Police Department at (570) 624-2001 or the Pennsylvania State Police Sexually Violent Predator Web site at www.psp2.state.pa.us.