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Sexual Misconduct Practices and Policies

The mission of the University of Pennsylvania is to offer a world class education to our students, train future leaders, expand and advance research and knowledge, serve our community and society both at home and abroad, and provide the most expert and outstanding health care for our patients. To create and sustain a campus climate in which members of the University community are able to thrive and achieve their full potential, the University has established a wide range of policies, educational programs, resources, support, and reporting systems to respond to complaints of sexual misconduct made against students, postdoctoral fellows or other trainees, faculty, and staff. Sexual harassment, sexual violence, and other forms of sexual misconduct will not be tolerated. View the University of Pennsylvania Sexual Misconduct Policy, Resource Offices and Complaint Procedures to find the full Penn policy or information about campus resource offices, including the Office of the Associate Vice President for Equity and Title IX Officer. View more information on how this policy pertains specifically to Penn GSE, please see the Sexual Harassment Policy, Consensual Sexual Relations Between Faculty And Students, and Policy Against Retaliation sections of the GSE Equal Opportunity & Harassment & Bias Policies and Resources page.

The University and Penn GSE take reports of incidents of sexual harassment seriously. We recognize the importance of cultivating an inclusive community and recognize the serious damage incidents of sexual misconduct cause, not only to the individuals involved but the community as a whole. In addition to making a formal report, there are options to seek support and advice from confidential resources. These University, community, and national resources are available on the Penn Violence Prevention Campus Resources webpage.

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Official Reporting Offices for Sexual Misconduct Complaints:

Investigative Office for Sexual Misconduct Complaints

The official office for reporting, initiating a formal complaint, and investigation of violations of the Sexual Misconduct Policies, including violations of the Sexual Harassment or Sexual Violence Policies, is the Office of the Associate Vice President for Equity and Title IX Officer. The contact information for that Office is:

Associate Vice President for Equity and Title IX Officer
(215) 898-2887
3901 Walnut Street, Suite 320 

If reports of sexual misconduct are made with or come to the attention of the following offices, they must ensure that appropriate action is taken, including notifying the University’s AVP and Title IX Officer:

Office of Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Programs
(215) 898-6993
Suite 421, Franklin Building

Student Intervention Services, VPUL
(215) 898-6081; (215) 768-6527 Nights/Weekends
3611 Locust Walk

Office of Student Conduct
(215) 898-5651
Suite 400, 3440 Market Street

Office of Staff and Labor Relations, Division of Human Resources
(215) 898-6093
Suite 600, Franklin Building

Confidential Resources for Information, Counseling, and Support

If a complainant does not feel comfortable coming forward to the individual or office designated above, they can talk with Raquel M. Arredondo, Penn GSE Assistant Dean for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, or other individuals at Penn GSE or the University who can help them navigate the reporting process, including:

  • Penn GSE Assistant Dean for Student Services – Ann Tiao
  • Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Affairs – Susan Yoon
  • Penn GSE Chief People Officer – Kate Hellings

Contact Penn GSE Human Resources

For any questions, concerns, or additional information regarding Human Resources topics, please contact us.


Kate Hellings
Chief People Officer
3440 Market Street, Office 355


Kristine Chin
HR Manager,

Training & Operations


3440 Market Street, Office 353


Olivia Farkas 

HR Manager,

Recruitment & Retention
3440 Market Street, Office 354